Reform UK rebranded from the Brexit Party after the UK’s departure from the EU.Richard Tice is targeting potential Tory defectors urging them to “put country before party” and join Reform UK.
The party has sent a mail-out to Conservative councillors in a bid to get them to jump ship following weeks of turmoil during Liz Truss’s short-lived premiership.
The party has said switchers from the Tories would be at the “front of the queue” for selection to a parliamentary constituency, Guido Fakes reports.
It comes after the party confirmed last week it already had 550 candidates ready to stand in a general election.
Meanwhile, Reform UK says it has seen an increase in membership in recent weeks.
A source said “many thousands” Conservative supporters are now paid-up members of the party.
It claims to have pinched around five to 10 percent of Tory members.
Reform UK’s bid to secure Tory defectors comes after it saw its highest-ever polling last week.
A survey by People Polling put Nigel Farage’s former party on seven percent, two points more than the Greens and two points behind the Lib Dems.
“Reform UK changed its name from the Brexit Party in January 2021 following the UK’s departure from the EU.It came after the party swept to victory in the 2019 European elections.
But it stood aside in 317 Tory-held seats at the 2019 general election, which was a landslide for the Conservatives under Boris Johnson.
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Source: Richard Tice targets Tory defectors as Reform makes bold bid to poach councillors