Steve Bannon: Nigel Farage is 'sophisticated and savvy'

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Donald Trump's former chief strategist has praised Nigel Farage for his "sophisticated and savvy" electoral strategy.

Steve Bannon was referencing a decision by the Brexit Party leader to stand down election candidates in the 317 seats won by the Conservatives in 2017.

However, Mr Farage has refused to stand down candidates in 40 key Labour marginal seats to help achieve a Tory majority, saying he doesn't "work for the Conservative Party”.

But Mr Bannon said if the Tories and a "combination of other smaller parties" - including the Brexit Party - formed a government at the next election, it could take the country "to the next level".

"A potential 100 seat majority could really give the Tories and some sort of combination of other smaller parties, like the Brexit Party and DUP, a real governing majority not just to leave the EU, but to deal with immigration and to deal with a whole host of issues," he told talkRADIO's Mike Graham.

"[It could] really revitalise the economy and take the United Kingdom to the next level, which I think is all out there in front of it.

"You have leaders like Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage, who are very sophisticated and very savvy about this."

Election candidates who wish to stand as MPs must hand in nomination papers by 4pm this afternoon.

Mr Farage has confirmed that he will not stand down any more candidates to help the Tories win a majority in the election, with hours to go before the deadline.

He also accused Mr Johnson's party of only caring about getting a majority in Parliament, and not about securing a pro-Leave majority.

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