Brexit Party will no longer contest seats in NE or Mid Beds constituencies

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Nigel Farage
Brexit Party leader, Nigel Farage

Following an announcement today by Nigel Farage, the Brexit Party will no longer be fielding candidates in the North East Bedfordshire and Mid Bedfordshire seats.

In a statement today, Mr Farage said the Brexit Party would not contest the 317 Tory seats won in the 2017 election.

Following a request for further clarification from the Bedford Independent, their media officer said, “If [the seat] was won by the Tories in 2017 we are not standing, as Nigel said.”

The Brexit Party leader made the announcement in an effort to avoid splitting the ‘Leave’ vote in next month’s general election.

He has said he will announce on Friday in which seats the Brexit Party is standing.

Two of the three constituencies within Bedford Borough were won by the Conservative party in the 2017 general election.



Alistair Burt retained the NE Beds seat and Nadine Dorries held her majority in Mid Bedfordshire.

The recently-announced Conservative party candidate for NE Beds, Richard Fuller, voted Leave in the EU referendum, while Mid Beds’ Nadine Dorries is an ardent supporter of Brexit.

Where this leaves Bedford Borough’s Brexit Party candidates – Amanda Hunter (NE Beds) and Ian Loughborough (Mid Beds) – is uncertain.

The Bedford Independent contacted Amanda Hunter for a comment but has not yet received a response.


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