Right-wing vandal Nigel Farage elected to Parliament for the first time

Nigel Farage, a supporter of former President Donald J. Trump, a driving force behind Brexit and Britain’s best-known political disruptor, has been elected to Parliament for the first time.

His new rebel party, Reform UK, was predicted in national exit polls to win four seats, more than many analysts had expected in an electoral system that often disadvantages smaller parties. His party has been buoyed by its anti-immigration platform.

Farage won by a landslide in the sleepy seaside town of Clacton, which pre-election polls had suggested was a strong bet, after seven unsuccessful attempts to be elected to Parliament.

“The establishment is scared, the Conservatives are scared,” he gleefully declared in a speech last month, referring to the ruling party, before describing Britain as a “broken state” and attacking a wide range of targets from asylum seekers to the BBC.

Farage, 60, is a controversial, combative and skilled communicator who helped the Conservatives win the last general election by not fielding candidates for his Brexit Party in many key areas.

This election, his plan was different: to destroy the Conservative Party by taking away many of their votes, and then replace or take over what was left of it. Early in the campaign, when a reporter asked him if he wanted to merge his fledgling party with the Conservatives, he replied: “It’s more like a takeover, dear boy..”

Reform UK has come under intense criticism in recent weeks after several of its candidates were found to have made inflammatory comments. One candidate said: “The UK should Neutrality in the fight against the Nazis; the other one is Anti-Semitic metaphors He claimed that Jewish groups were “inciting the mass importation of Muslims into the UK”.

The party blamed some of its problems on growing pains, losing some candidates, threatened legal action against private companies They paid to vet candidates.

An undercover investigation by Britain’s Channel 4 News last week found reform activists in Clacton using racist and homophobic language, one of them using a derogatory term aimed at Chancellor Rishi Sunak.

But he has shaped British political debate for two decades, driving the Brexit campaign and outmaneuvering the Conservative party, moving it further to the right.


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