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Kemi Badenoch has made a last-ditch try and win again voters from Reform UK and claimed the Conservative Party can nonetheless win the General Election.

The Business Secretary mentioned potential Reform UK voters are “good people” who “don’t know who they’re voting for” as she addressed former Tory voters lower than every week earlier than polling day.

Ms Badenoch, who’s operating for re-election within the redrawn seat of North West Essex, advised The Times she nonetheless believes the Tories can win the election, however it will be “a hell of a fight”.

She mentioned: “What I am asking those people who are Reform voters, or considering voting Reform, is that you are good people. I know that you feel some disappointment with our party, but don’t let these people who claim to be like you get in.

“They are usually not such as you all. They are a very totally different factor.”

Ms Badenoch continued: “I actually need Reform voters to know that we have heard you. We perceive. But you might want to come again to the Conservative Party.”

She also warned Reform candidates were “not match” to make important political decisions and told Tories they should not allow its leader Nigel Farage to join their ranks.

It comes as the latest YouGov poll put Mr Farage’s party only one percentage point behind the Conservatives, who polled at 18 percent to Labour’s 36 percent.

Ms Badenoch suggested Mr Farage didn’t care about allegations of misogyny and racism in his party as it was “all a giant present for him”.

Footage from a Channel 4 undercover investigation, released on Thursday (June 27), showed Reform campaigner Andrew Parker using a racist term about Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and suggesting migrants should be used as “goal observe”.

During an appearance on Question Time last night, Mr Farage repeated claims Mr Parker is an actor and described the exposé as “a political set-up of astonishing proportions”.

Mr Farage added he was “not going to apologise” as what had happened was a “set-up” and “a deliberate try and smear” his party.

Ms Badenoch claimed many Reform supporters “do not know who they’re voting for”.

The senior Conservative – who ran for get together management in 2022 – hinted earlier this week at a tilt on the prime job.

She mentioned there could be discuss in regards to the Tory management after the election and refused to rule out her personal bid.

Mr Farage has additionally been tipped as a possible Tory chief, in a reverse take-over of the get together by Reform UK.