Nigel Farage said the positive reception he received after attending the Conservative party’s conference this week was “extraordinary.”
It was the first time Mr Farage had attended in more than 30 years.
And Prime Minister Rishi Sunak later refused to rule out a potential invitation into the party for the architect of Brexit.
Speaking on GB News about the conference in Manchester, Mr Farage said: “I was amazed to see so many young delegates at the conference, I really was. I seem to be very popular with them. It seems like they, and some of the older delegates are rather like a lost tribe. They want to believe in a Conservative party. But they’re not quite sure what it really stands for anymore.
“I haven’t been to the Tory party conference for a very, very long time, not since the eighties. I was fascinated to go and meet the delegates. And what was interesting was that the real energy was on the fringe. Most of the speeches in the hall were pretty dull.”
One delegate told the Conservative Post:
“The young people especially loved Farage. I saw a group of school girls in a scrum trying to meet him. One boasted she’d touched him and was told by her friend to ‘never wash again.’
“Now that’s not what you’re led to believe by the mainstream media.”
On being asked about his rockstar like reception around Manchester this week, Mr Farage told the Conservative Post he found it “extraordinary.”
Another young Conservative at the CDO gala dinner said: “Meeting Nigel has honestly made my life. He’s my hero. I had no idea he was going to be here so when I saw him come in I nearly fainted. He’s a proper Tory. We need people like him back in the party.”
“Meeting Nigel has honestly made my life. He’s my hero. I had no idea he was going to be here so when I saw him come in I nearly fainted. He’s a proper Tory. We need people like him back in the party.”
Perhaps recognising his popularity, Conservative MPs are also starting to say Farage should be welcomed back into the Conservative Party. Philip Davies MP even suggesting Farage could become leader saying he would surely “be the bookies’ favourite” as a future leader.
The GB News presenter added: “I’d love Nigel Farage back in the Conservative Party because that’s where he belongs.
“Nigel is a true Conservative in every sense. And part of our measure of success as a party should be can we get people like Nigel Farage and people who agree with him back supporting the Conservative Party?
“Surely any Conservative Party should be able to, should be looking to work to get the support of people like Nigel Farage.”
In a discussion with Andrew Pierce and Bev Turner, he added: “I’d love him to be back in the party and if he got back in the party and he got a seat in Parliament and sought the leadership, I think the bookies would have him as the favourite to win that contest.
“Nigel’s a massively popular politician and a massively effective politician and the Conservative Party needs people of his talent.”
NIGEL IS A TRUE CONSERVATIVE IN EVERY SENSE. AND PART OF OUR MEASURE OF SUCCESS AS A PARTY SHOULD BE CAN WE GET PEOPLE LIKE NIGEL FARAGE AND PEOPLE WHO AGREE WITH HIM BACK SUPPORTING THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY?
Commenting on how the Conservative Party sees their future chances Nigel Farage said: “It’s a party that knows it will lose the next election. It’s a party that is already beginning to have a debate about where it goes after the next election. I was welcomed by delegates. But I most certainly would not be welcomed by the Conservative parliamentary party.”
Predicting how he thinks the party can move forward he added: “Well, firstly, they’re going to lose. And secondly, I still think on some very major issues they’re in the wrong place. Think about the average family’s life. What worries them? It’s things like ‘can their kids get a house of any kind at all?’ Can their elderly parents get a GP appointment when something’s wrong? And we are living with the most enormous elephant in the room of British politics – which is the level of legal migration into Britain and how that is dealt with.”
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