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All marriage plans off, says Farage, in snub to Braverman’s welcome to Tories

The Reform UK leader said he admired former home secretary Suella Braverman, but the Tories’ immigration record was ‘certainly not our policy’.

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“All marriage plans are off” when it comes to Nigel Farage rejoining the Conservative Party, the Reform UK leader has said.

Former home secretary Suella Braverman has suggested the Conservatives should welcome Mr Farage into the party, as there was not much difference between the Tories and Reform.

But speaking to the PA news agency, Mr Farage rejected the suggestion.

“I don’t think so, I don’t think so.

“What they’ve done, allowing nearly two and a half million people to settle in the country in the last two years, is most certainly not our policy.

“So I do like her, I do admire her, but I’m afraid at the moment all marriage plans are off.”

Mr Farage was a Conservative Party member between 1978 and 1992.

In an interview with The Times, Ms Braverman said the Tories are a “broad church” and should not exclude anyone who wants “Conservatives to get elected”.

Former home secretary Suella Braverman said she would welcome Nigel Farage into the Conservative Party
Former home secretary Suella Braverman said she would welcome Nigel Farage into the Conservative Party (Jeff Overs/BBC/PA)

“I would welcome Nigel into the Conservative Party. There’s not much difference really between him and many of the policies that we stand for.

“We are a broad church, we should be a welcoming party and an inclusive party and if someone is supportive of the party, that’s a pre-condition and they want Conservatives to get elected then they should be welcomed.”

Her comments come days after a poll suggested Mr Farage is the most popular option to succeed Prime Minister Rishi Sunak as leader of the Conservatives if Labour wins the General Election.

A poll by Redfield and Wilton, conducted for The Independent, questioned 2,000 adults on Wednesday and Thursday, showed 19% of people think Mr Farage should take over from Mr Sunak, with 22% of 2019 Conservative voters questioned agreeing.

The poll offered six other names – Penny Mordaunt (15%), James Cleverly (6%), Kemi Badenoch (5%), Suella Braverman (4%), Priti Patel (2%) and Robert Jenrick (1%).

The largest proportion (48%) of those questioned said they did not know who should replace Mr Sunak as leader of the Conservatives.

To add to the worrying polls for the Tories, 37% of people questioned said the Reform UK party should replace the Conservatives as the major opposition to Labour, with 30% disagreeing.

Conservative former chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng has meanwhile claimed the Tories are facing an “existential crisis” following Mr Farage’s return to frontline politics.

“Farage coming out with what he said last week in terms of standing for a seat, that has accelerated their support and that’s what’s turned this into an existential crisis for the Conservatives,” Mr Kwarteng told Times Radio.

However, asked if his former boss Liz Truss should throw her hat in the ring to be Tory leader if the party lose the election, he said: “I don’t think she should. I think she’s had her chance and I think it’s time for other people.”

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