Conservatives worry that Nigel Farage and Reform UK will lead to a red wall victory.

Conservatives worry that Nigel Farage and Reform UK will lead to a red wall victory.

Reform, which grew out of the Brexit Party and Ukip, plans to stand candidates in every seat outside Northern Ireland, and is focusing its efforts on the north and Midlands.

Some 17 per cent of voters who backed the Conservatives at the 2019 general election plan to vote for Reform next time, according to YouGov.

MPs who were part of Boris Johnson’s new intake in 2019 said, however, that they were more worried about voters “sitting at home on their hands” than giving their vote to Reform.

The bigger fear is that Farage, Reform’s honorary president, could return to frontline politics.

Farage has refused to rule out standing for parliament and told The Times he was “actively involved” with raising money and finding candidates.

Life is much more fun doing what I’m doing now,” he said.
He added there were “always discussions” about defections from the Tories.

“I’m a brokenist, I think everything’s broken,” Farage said.
YouGov puts Reform on 8 per cent, just one point behind the Lib Dems and above both the Greens and the SNP.

Richard Tice, Reform’s leader, said: “We’re going up in the polls because lots of people have realised that the Tories [are] no longer the Conservative Party.”

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