Rishi Sunak is frightened of Reform UK, Richard Tice says | EUROtoday

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Richard Tice has claimed that the prime minister is “terrified” of Reform UK as his social gathering challenges the Tories in each single seat.

The Reform chief, who took over from Nigel Farage in 2021, attacked Mr Sunak’s admission that no asylum seekers could be despatched to Rwanda earlier than the 4 July contest.

And he responded to a meme produced by the Conservative Party about Reform, saying it “proves how terrified they are”. “The more memes, the better,” Mr Tice stated.

His feedback got here after the launch of Reform’s normal election marketing campaign, wherein Mr Tice accused the Conservatives of getting “broken Britain”.

Claiming he’ll win seats, however not saying what number of, Mr Tice stated he’ll battle the Tories in each seat within the UK excluding Northern Ireland – the place Reform did not register as a political social gathering in time.

Leader of Reform UK Richard Tice speaking during a General Election campaign launch (Lucy North/PA)
Leader of Reform UK Richard Tice talking throughout a General Election marketing campaign launch (Lucy North/PA) (PA Wire)

And, in a blow to the Conservatives electoral hopes, Mr Tice stated former chief Mr Farage will likely be all over the place in the course of the marketing campaign.

Despite confirming he wouldn’t stand as a candidate within the normal election, Mr Farage has given up presenting his GB News so as to have the ability to marketing campaign for Reform.

Mr Tice stated the arch-Brexiteer will likely be on bus excursions, knocking on doorways and talking at rallies. The position for Mr Farage poured chilly water on Tory hopes he would take a backseat within the election.

Reform is anticipated to separate the right-wing vote in swathes of seats throughout the nation, denying the Conservatives tens of potential majorities.

The marketing campaign launch got here as Mr Sunak confronted an electoral headache as Office for National Statistics figures revealed internet migration his 685,000 in 2023.

Despite the slight dip from 2022’s file 764,000 determine, Mr Tice laid into the Conservatives and stated “no one voted for mass migration”.

The occasion additionally adopted Mr Sunak admitting there will likely be no Rwanda deportation flights earlier than the overall election.

Rishi Sunak said no Rwanda flights will take off before the general election
Rishi Sunak stated no Rwanda flights will take off earlier than the overall election (PA Wire)

On the primary day of his personal election marketing campaign, the prime minister stated asylum seekers will likely be deported to the east African nation provided that he was re-elected.

Pressed repeatedly on whether or not any deportation flights would take off earlier than voters go to the polls, Mr Sunak repeatedly stated the scheme would solely stand up and operating after the election.

Mr Tice stated: “He’s a bottler. We know it’s not a deterrent, he is just once again managing down expectations.”

He stated the one strategy to save lives and stop migrants crossing the English Channel in small boats is to “ignore whinging lefty lawyers” and decide up asylum seekers and ship them straight again to France.

Last month, Mr Tice’s deputy chief Ben Habib sparked outrage by saying Britain ought to “absolutely” let migrants drown within the English Channel. Mr Habib stated that any migrants who “scupper” dinghies shouldn’t be “infantilised”, including that Britain shouldn’t be “held to ransom by their claim that they deserve protection as soon as they get into our territorial waters”.

Talk TV’s Julia Hartley-Brewer requested: “Then you would leave them to drown?”

“Absolutely,” he replied.

Challenged over the feedback on Thursday, Mr Tice accused The Independent of “lying”.

“That’s not what he said, he did not say people should drown… don’t be daft,” Mr Tice added.

A tetchy Mr Tice blamed Ms Hartley Brewer’s “very high speed” questions and stated “people in the media who want to do us down deliberately try and misrepresent us”.

Mr Tice will likely be standing within the Boston and Skegness constituency, which had the very best proportion of go away voters within the Brexit referendum, the place 75.6 per cent backed pulling Britain out of the EU.