Farage claims he's in talks with Tory donors for Brexit Party general election

PUBLISHED: 12:46 07 May 2019 | UPDATED: 12:46 07 May 2019

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage.  Photograph: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage. Photograph: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire

Nigel Farage said the Brexit Party is in talks with Conservative donors for potential backing in a general election campaign.

He told a press conference in London that the party is beginning the process of recruiting 650 general election candidates.

“There are now a few much bigger donors - traditionally to the Conservative party - who we are now in conversation with,” said Farage.

“They understand and realise that to fight a general election seriously we're going to need big bucks.”

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He claimed formerly loyal Tory donors were “asking themselves the question 'what is the Conservative party for, what purpose does it actually serve?”'.

Farage has emphasised that a large part of the party's funding has come from small donations, but has repeatedly refused to name an individual donor of £100,000 until after the EU elections.

READ: Nigel Farage says identity of Brexit Party's £100K donor is 'irrelevant'

The Brexit Party has not yet responded to a request to identify the potential Tory donors.

The party is currently selecting a candidate for an upcoming Peterborough by-election out of a shortlist of three.

“These European elections on May 23 are but a first step,” said Farage.

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