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Ann Widdecombe has stated Reform UK stands for “common sense” above all at a celebration rally in Birmingham. The former Brexit Party MEP instructed supporters on the National Exhibition Centre on Sunday (June 30) that Nigel Farage’s social gathering would “bring common sense back to Britain” and rid the nation of “woke”.

She instructed 1000’s of Reform UK supporters: “We stand for two words above all – common sense.”

After accusing the Tories of placing all their “eggs in the Rwanda basket” with no plan B, Ms Widdecombe stated there was no purpose why Reform UK mustn’t type the official opposition after the General Election on Thursday.

The former Tory MP stated the following 4 days are essential and he or she had heard extra widespread sense within the final 5 years than in her earlier 55 years within the Conservative Party.

A livestream of Ms Widdecombe’s speech was reduce off on TikTook over alleged hate speech, in line with Reform UK’s chief.

Elsewhere within the rally, Reform UK donor Zia Yusuf instructed the Rally for Reform issues with the NHS have been “unbecoming of Great Britain” and praised frontline workers who he stated work laborious regardless of “awful conditions”.

Claiming political “elites” had “catastrophically failed” the nation, Mr Yusuf stated: “To our young people, I say you are being betrayed. You are being robbed of a fair opportunity.

“We have been failed by our incompetent political leaders. It doesn’t need to be this manner.”

Pledging “change is coming”, Mr Yusuf added Reform UK’s movement was built on courage and “powered by love”. To loud applause, the businessman added: “Thankfully, we now have an ace up our sleeve – in Nigel Farage we now have an actual chief.”

Arriving on stage, Mr Farage told attendees life had been “fairly good” for the last four years after Brexit, pointing to his role in getting GB News off the ground and speaking tours in the US.

He also revealed his first grandson was born in recent weeks as he strove to suggest he didn’t have to make his political comeback, adding: “Life has been content material… I’ve not been topic to countless media assaults.”

Mr Farage had ruled out standing in the General Election when the poll date was announced in May, but he performed a U-turn within days and is now standing as Reform’s candidate in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex.

Reform’s leader said after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak called the snap election for July 4 he couldn’t stand aside when the choice was between “slippery Sunak” and Labour’s Sir Keir Starmer, who he accused of having no leadership qualities or charisma.

Mr Farage said of his return to frontline politics that he couldn’t stand aside when the country is in “real societal decline”. He accused the Conservatives of standing for nothing, saying the party that describes itself as a “broad church” doesn’t have a religion and “merely does not work”.

He said people felt scared to go out at night and knives were being carried “wholesale” by young people, adding the UK country has forgotten what it is.

The leader of Reform added that “one thing exceptional” is happening across all ages and classes, with his party ahead of the Tories in a number of polls. But he suggested there is a conspiracy aimed at stopping Reform UK from succeeding.

Mr Farage went on to say: “I do know we’re doing very properly as a result of while you threaten the Establishment they do not precisely come out with a tray of gin and tonics, do they?”

The Reform leader attacked the BBC, Channel 4, the Tories and Labour in his speech. On Sir Keir Starmer’s party, he said the idea it represents change was “for the birds”.

Reform’s leader took aim at the BBC for a presenter describing his language as “inflammatory” when cutting away from coverage of Mr Farage during an appearance in Dover and repeated his claim the broadcaster had rigged a Question Time audience which took him to task in an election debate.

The BBC has insisted the Question Time audience was made up of broadly similar levels of representation from Reform UK and the Green Party, with other parties represented too.

He accused the BBC of abusing its “place of energy”. To cheers from the audience, Mr Farage said: “We will marketing campaign for the abolition of the BBC licence price.”

On an undercover report broadcast by Channel 4 during which Reform campaigners made a series of racist and bigoted slurs, he said the “so-called public service broadcaster” had carried out the “greatest put up job and smear marketing campaign” he had ever seen.

Channel 4 News has said it did not pay Reform campaigner Andrew Parker who was “not identified” to the broadcaster and was “filmed covertly by way of the undercover operation”.

Mr Farage admitted Reform has seen “a number of dangerous apples” make it onto its list of candidates, but said they had been dismissed by the party. Reform is no longer supporting Edward Oakenfull, standing in Derbyshire Dales, Robert Lomas, a candidate in Barnsley North, and Leslie Lilley, who is seeking votes in Southend East and Rochford, after alleged comments made by the three emerged in the media.

On criticism of previous remarks he made about the Ukraine war and Vladimir Putin, Mr Farage said what the Russian president had done through Russia’s invasion was “morally reprehensible”.

At times expressing some controversial views, Mr Farage accused the West of creating the ISIS terror group and told audience members at the 5,000 seat capacity NEC he had opposed the second Iraq War and western military intervention in Libya in 2011.

Mr Farage said: “We are doing properly and we’re not a protest vote despite the fact that there may be a lot to protest once more. People are supporting us as a result of we now have a imaginative and prescient and… we consider within the household.”

Reform’s chief additionally pointed to polling by Sky saying his social gathering is even faring higher amongst minorities than the Lib Dems.