Nigel Farage could be axed from Question Time after Brexit Party pulls out of Tory seats

PUBLISHED: 10:10 14 November 2019 | UPDATED: 10:46 14 November 2019

A Scottish candidate for the Brexit Party has caused outrage after declaring war on the LGTQ community. Photograph: BBC.

A Scottish candidate for the Brexit Party has caused outrage after declaring war on the LGTQ community. Photograph: BBC.

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Nigel Farage could be axed from a special episode of Question Time after he decided not to stand in the election - and pulled Brexit Party candidates out of scores of Tory seats.

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Farage had been lined up to appear on a 30-minute episode of Question Time in advance of the general election on December 12th as a political figure leading an organisation fielding 600 candidates nationwide.

But after he made the decision not to stand, and to drop 317 candidates from Tory-held constituencies, the Times reports that the BBC is reviewing the decision, with the corporation stating that plans are "not finalised yet".

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Such a decision to axe his appearance would anger Farage, who has previously claimed he does not get enough publicity from the organisation.

His claims were made shortly before he appeared a 33rd time on Question Time.

The corporation had announced previously programmes which would include a head-to-head with Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn, a seven-way leadership debate including Farage, as well as interviews with smaller party leaders including the Brexit Party and Green Party.

A spokesperson at the time said: "In the run up to the election, Nigel Farage, leader of the Brexit Party, is expected to take part in a 30 minute Question Time special and Sian Berry or Jonathan Bartley, leaders of the Green Party, will also feature on an audience focused special programme."

Nigel Farage's programme was set to be recorded in Peterborough next Monday.

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