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Has Clacton fallen for Nigel Farage? – podcast | News

Has Clacton fallen for Nigel Farage? – podcast | News

[ad_1] When Nigel Farage arrived in Clacton to launch his campaign to become the Essex constituency’s new MP, he was greeted with an adoring crowd – and a milkshake in the face. But what happened when the Farage fans and cameras went home? Will Clacton’s residents really give Farage a Westminster seat on his eighth attempt? Esther Addley, the Guardian’s senior news writer, has been visiting the town since the Reform UK leader announced his candidacy to find out why he feels his brand of populism could find a home there. She spoke to people who felt he was divisive and wanted him gone, while others felt he understood them and their worries in a way that other politicians did not. Helen Pidd hears how immigration was a popular reason given for the problems that people saw around them in Clacton, which has areas of real deprivation. Yet, Esther points out, this is despite the fact that the constituency has a low level of immigration and is overwhelmingly white. And, says one farmer, the need …

Nigel Farage Skewered By Susanna Reid Over Reform Candidates

Nigel Farage Skewered By Susanna Reid Over Reform Candidates

[ad_1] Nigel Farage was called out repeatedly by presenter Susanna Reid on Tuesday over the Reform Party’s controversial list of candidates. Since launching its election campaign, Farage’s populist party has been forced to drop multiple candidates as offensive comments online resurfaced. Only on Monday, candidate Grant StClair-Armstrong had to quit after it was revealed he had previously endorsed the British National Party (BNP). And on Tuesday, Reid mentioned another, more widespread, issue with Reform candidates’ online presence. In a Good Morning Britain interview with Farage, she said: “You’ve defended 41 [Reform candidates] found to be social media friends of a fascist leader, a former organiser for the British National Party, who founded the new British union in the image of Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists.” Nearly one in 10 Reform candidates standing in England are reportedly “friends” with fascist leader Gary Raikes. Farage initially seemed lost for words, but then said: “I didn’t even know the bloke until last Thursday! “People put stuff on Facebook and they like a comment, they have no idea …

Cameron, not Farage, destroyed the Conservatives

Cameron, not Farage, destroyed the Conservatives

[ad_1] David Cameron is back from outer space to tell us Nigel Farage wants to destroy the Conservative Party, that he’s playing “dog-whistle” politics and, we can infer, the Tories ought to run a mile from him. Thus the battle lines of the next leadership contest are drawn. Early advantage goes to elites who will say the party wandered too far to the Right – a view endorsed by a billion deadly dull podcasts made by people who think the Today programme is insufficiently subjective. Let’s put this myth to bed so I never have to write this column again. The Tory party is not Right-wing. It won in 2019 when people thought it was Right-wing, that it would implement Brexit, cut immigration and lower taxes. It is losing now thanks to a record of higher taxes, soaring migration and a Brexit you might think had never happened (unless you try to smuggle a dog into Ulster). Moreover, the Tories are not losing to Reform but to Labour, which is pretending to be low-tax and …

Rishi Sunaks Nightmare Reform UK Surges In Polls

Rishi Sunaks Nightmare Reform UK Surges In Polls

[ad_1] Support for Reform UK has surged since Nigel Farage became the party’s leader and announced he is running to be an MP. In a nightmare scenario for Rishi Sunak, five new opinion polls tonight showed the right-wing party is squeezing Tory support across the country. That means the Conservatives are at risk of losing even more seats than would otherwise have been the case – putting Labour well on course for a thumping Commons majority. A Redfield and Winton Strategies poll put Reform on 17%, just two points behind the Tories, who are down 1 point on 19%. Survation showed support for Reform had soared by 7 points since last week, putting them on 15%. The Tories were on 23%, again down 1 point. Pollsters Focaldata also showed Reform support growing, this time by 2 points to 14%, with the Tories down 1 point on 25%. BMG Research have Reform up 5 points on 16%, with the Conservatives dropping by 4 points to 23%. Another poll published on Friday morning by Techne showed Reform …