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Brexit party’s Dudley bust-up

Brexit party's Dudley bust-up
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Oh dear. It's been a difficult week for Nigel Farage. The Brexit party leader announced on Monday that he would not be standing candidates in Tory-held seats. He had hoped that in return the Conservatives would consider standing down candidates in a number of Labour heartlands where he believed the Brexit party would fare better. The Tories, however, were having none of it.

To make matters worse a number of Brexit party candidates have got cold feet about Farage's strategy. All election candidates had to submit their documents by 4pm to stand. Dudley North was seen as a key target seat of the Brexit party. However, the candidate for that seat announced at 3.59pm they would not be seeking election.

https://twitter.com/RupertLowe10/status/1195008427778596867?s=20

Given Lowe's last minute decision, there was no time for the Brexit party to field a different candidate meaning it is a straight Tory/Labour race. Brexit party sources are none too pleased with the tactics – Nigel Farage had been due to speak in Dudley on Friday at 11am. Given that they no longer have a Brexit party candidate that now looks a less fruitful pursuit.

Mr S makes that two-nil to the Tories...

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