Farage willing to lead merged Reform-Conservative party after election

Nigel Farage - Farage willing to lead Conservative-Reform merged party after election
Nigel Farage says Labour will win the election and that a new party will emerge afterwards - PA/Aaron Chown

Nigel Farage has said he would be willing to lead a merged Reform-Conservative party.

The Reform party leader said he could not lead the Tories as it “currently is” but predicted a new party is likely to emerge after the general election.

Asked if he could rule out leading the Conservative Party one day, Mr Farage told LBC on Thursday morning: “I think something new is going to emerge on the centre-Right, I don’t know what it is called.

“But do I think I am capable of leading a national opposition to a Labour Party with a big majority where I can stand up and hold them to account on issues? Yes.”

Asked if he would be happy to lead a merged party, he replied: “Yes.”

He added: “They [the Tories] may be dead. They may well be dead. This may well be the end of their journey. I would be prepared to lead the centre-Right in this country.”

Opinion polls have put Reform between one and two points behind the Tories since he announced last week he would be taking over as the party’s new leader and would run as a parliamentary candidate in Clacton, Essex.

Mr Farage said he believes Reform UK will be “very close to a tipping point” when the party overtakes the Conservative Party in the opinion polls.

He repeated his claim that the “election is over, Labour has won” and the question now was about who would lead the opposition in the House of Commons to Sir Keir Starmer.

He believed the “Conservatives will be incapable” of providing that opposition because they “hate each other” and he would be best placed to take on the Labour government.

It comes after Jacob Rees-Mogg on Wednesday called for Reform voters to join ranks with the Conservatives.

He said: “If you divide the Tory family you make it worse for both parts, the in-laws and the outlaws, so to speak, and that what we need is a coalition, a coalescence, of the various parts of the Tory party family.”