Oh dear. It’s been a difficult week for Nigel Farage. The Brexit party leader announced on Monday that he would not be standing candidates in Tory-held seats. He had hoped that in return the Conservatives would consider standing down candidates in a number of Labour heartlands where he believed the Brexit party would fare better. The Tories, however, were having none of it.
To make matters worse a number of Brexit party candidates have got cold feet about Farage’s strategy. All election candidates had to submit their documents by 4pm to stand. Dudley North was seen as a key target seat of the Brexit party. However, the candidate for that seat announced at 3.59pm they would not be seeking election.
It is with a heavy heart I have decided not to contest Dudley North as a Brexit Party candidate.
I am putting country before party as it is highly conceivable my candidacy could allow Corbyn’s Momentum candidate to win.
They are simply not fit to govern. pic.twitter.com/kfYIMV3CHJ
— Rupert Lowe (@RupertLowe10) November 14, 2019
Given Lowe’s last minute decision, there was no time for the Brexit party to field a different candidate meaning it is a straight Tory/Labour race. Brexit party sources are none too pleased with the tactics – Nigel Farage had been due to speak in Dudley on Friday at 11am. Given that they no longer have a Brexit party candidate that now looks a less fruitful pursuit.
Mr S makes that two-nil to the Tories…