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Nigel Farage threatens to report Tories to police over ‘sabotage’ after two Brexit Party candidates abandon election

NIGEL Farage has threatened to report the Tory party to the police after accusing No10 of sabotage as two Brexit Party candidates abandoned his fight for the election.

The Brexit Party boss accused Boris Johnson's team of offering his MP hopefuls peerages and top jobs in exchange for standing down.

He fumed: "The system is corrupt and broken."

However, No10 sources described the claim as "b******s".

It comes after Rupert Lowe, who was hoping to stand for Dudley North and Andy Wood, due to fight for Hove, pulled out of the race just before the 4pm nomination deadline.

Their late move means that Mr Farage is now not allowed to replace them in time.

In a tweet Mr Farage alleged: "Even Boris Johnson’s Chief Strategic Adviser Sir Edward Lister is calling our candidates and offering them jobs if they withdraw. The system is corrupt and broken."

Speaking to The Telegraph, he added: "There are lots of peerages being offered. This is full-on Venezuelan style corruption. Today [Thursday] has been in industrial scale attempt to stop free and open politics happening in our country.

"Number 10 has been directly involved and many thousands of activists all over the country [phoning] in a concerted way. Some of the phone calls are nice, some are less than nice."

The Brexiteer boss had earlier slapped down calls for his party to stand aside in Labour marginals the PM has a chance of winning, in order to get him a majority.

He insisted: "We are going to fight Labour in every seat in this country, be in no doubt.

"The job of the Brexit Party is to hold him (Boris Johnson) to account, because too many times over the last three years the Conservatives have made promises and not delivered."

And he added: "They'd rather risk not winning the election than having a Leave majority, a Leave alliance."

But Mr Lowe, also an MEP, said in a statement: "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."

Mr Wood said: "Now is the time to put Country before Party and I am, therefore, announcing that I will not be standing as a candidate for the Brexit Party in Hove.

"I believe strongly in the values and aims of the Brexit Party and I sincerely hope they win the seats they are contesting and are therefore able to hold Boris Johnson's feet to the fire.

"The Conservative candidate in Hove, Robert Nemeth, has declared that he is completely committed to this pledge."

A Conservative spokesman said: "Neither the Conservative Party, nor its officials have offered Brexit Party candidates jobs or peerages."

A Tory source added: "Nigel can't deliver Brexit, but he could end up blocking it. His outburst is a result of this fact dawning on him."


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