Lord Frost’s effort to unify the Conservative party has been criticised by Nigel Farage, who has encouraged others to defect.
He was reacting to a Telegraph piece in which Lord Frost urged readers not to support the Reform Party and said that the Conservatives needed to “rediscover” the spirit of the Brexit vote.
Only 40% of those who voted Conservative in 2019 expect to do so again at the next election, according to a YouGov survey cited by the politician.
He stated: “The essential task is to bring back our 2019 voters and give them what they wanted: to get Brexit done, and deliver political and social change.
“First, I urge Conservatives to fight for the party and not be tempted by a Reform UK vote. The drift of policy towards high tax economics and social liberalism is deeply frustrating to many of us. But we make it all the easier if we give up on the party and go elsewhere.”
Regarding Brexit, he wrote: “I want to see the government defending Brexit effectively. Somehow, we have allowed our exit from the EU to become defined as the problem not part of the solution to our problems. We must never stop reminding people that leaving the EU was a constitutional project to re-establish democracy and self-government.”
Nigel Farage responded, saying: “Big article in today’s Daily Telegraph by Lord Frost saying, ‘look, I know we’re not really Conservative, but we could become Conservative.”
“And if we did, and we stopped the Channel crossings and we reduce the size of a state and we cut taxes if we did that, we’d be a really good party. Just that at the moment we’re not’.”
“So please, he says, please don’t support reform. Well, we’ve heard it all before. Please don’t support the Brexit Party.
Please don’t support UKIP and yet, if we hadn’t deserted the Conservative Party in big numbers, Brexit and real change would never, ever have happened.
“I would just suggest now is the time for all good men to desert the Conservative Party.”