Nigel Farage. Pic: Gage Skidmore

The Brexit Party is now unlikely to contest the election in Lichfield and Burntwood after leader Nigel Farage said they would not field candidates in seats won by the Conservatives in 2017.

Nigel Farage. Pic: Gage Skidmore

There had previously been proposals to participate in all parliamentary constituencies.

But Mr Farage has now said the party will instead focus on winning seats from other parties, fielding only 317 candidates rather than the anticipated 600-plus.

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  1. The £300,000 required in deposits not a factor then?

    From David Allen Green via Twitter:

    “Not having any viable Brexit of their own Farage/Tice through Baker/ERG to Johnson/Cummings have now, in effect, adopted May’s deal as augmented by shafting DUP

    A deal almost all of them opposed in principle at earlier stages.”

    To say Brexit attracts zealotry would be an understatement.

    If this gives us 5 more years of Fabricant it’s going to be depressing, Lichfield is crying out for a progressive MP.

  2. Darryl Lichfield will vote Tory be all and end all. Fabricant is not my MP as in Tamworth constituency but having voted Tory since I was 21 in local,county and country this time I am not. Unfortunately the country is fighting WW2 again and will regret it. Fabricant is a waste of space he did not even sign the keep friary leisure centre open petition so much for his support. All he wants is to cosy up to Boris and his £80 k a year plus expenses

  3. Vote Tory, get more austerity, terrible roads, continuing funding problems in local councils, cut-backs and an idiotic Fabricant.

    Got it.

  4. A bad move by the Brexit party. In constituencies that voted Brexit they might have won seats. By aligning themselves with the Tories they are limiting that possibility. If the next parliament is fragmented even a few seats could give leverage (like the DUP). Darren you are quite right the Tory deal will satisfy neither the remainers or the leavers. Whoever is our MP is fairly immaterial. There is a real possibility that our politics will be in freefall for the foreseeable future.

  5. I’d love to see a local with no affiliation to any political party stand for MP in Lichfield at least then we would have a candidate who understands Lichfield and it’s people ,who want to represent the City rather than treat it as a meal ticket and a photo opportunity

  6. Farage has previously said that Johnson’s deal is worse than Theresa May’s. As far as I can see this strategy possibly increases the likelihood of an overall Conservative majority and Johnson’s deal being passed before Jan 31st. It seems bizarre that Farage is disenfranchising so many Brexit Party supporters in so many constituencies or forcing them to vote for The Conservatives and a Brexit deal that he so strongly disapproves of.

  7. @Gal….. You are absolutely correct. If there was a candidate from the “Undecided Party” they would certainly get my vote. At least we would not have to suffer the hollow pledges and downright lies we are now enduring. We seem to fall for it every time. They all commit to serve the people (including local politics) until elected, then the foxlike grin of successful blandishment takes over.

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