Brexit Party unveils first 100 candidates for general election

Nigel Farage introduced his party's first 100 candidates

Monday, July 1, 2019

The Brexit Party has revealed 100 candidates who will stand in its first general election campaign.

Party leader Nigel Farage joined the candidates on stage at a rally in Birmingham on Sunday, and said the first batch “are but a start”.

"By the end of next week we will have 650 approved prospective parliamentary candidates. There is a big message that Westminster needs to hear - we are not a protest movement,” he said.

The aspiring MPs include teachers, an economist and a forklift truck driver, but Mr Farage refused to share the names of the candidates.

The party plans to have a candidate running for every Westminster seat by the time a general election is called.

Mr Farage said the first few weeks of the party’s existence have been “unbelievable”.

“We have now got 115,000 registered supporters and almost unbelievably we have managed on four occasions to top the polls for how do you intend to vote in the next general election,” he said.

The Brexit Party failed to unseat Labour in the Peterborough by-election last month, despite the previous Labour MP being thrown out of the party for lying over a speeding offence.

However it polled well ahead of the Conservative Party in its first foray into national politics.

Mr Farage said the Peterborough result was a sign the party could be the main challenger to Labour.

“There are many seats in the country, especially many Labour-held seats in the country, where we are now the challenger - where only we can beat the Labour Party,” he said.

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