WATCH: Nigel Farage pledges to 'fight for UK' as Brexit Party lands in Telford

By Mark Andrews | Politics | Published:

Nigel Farage was greeted with a standing ovation as he took to the stage at a Brexit Party conference in Telford.

Nigel Farage delivered a defiant message to Brexit Party supporters in Telford

The outspoken Brexit Party leader was met with loud applause as he addressed hundreds of supporters who had travelled from across the West Midlands for a rally last night.

The event, at Telford International Centre, was the West Midland leg of the party’s ‘conference on wheels’, which would be holding similar events in each region of the UK.

WATCH: Farage in Telford for Brexit Party conference

Hundreds turn out to watch Nigel Farage give Brexit Party speech in Telford

Mr Farage repeated his offer of an electoral pact with the Conservatives if they agreed to pursue a “clean” Brexit without a deal.

But, to cheers from the audience, he said the party was ready to fight every seat in the country if necessary.

He was joined on stage by party chairman Richard Tice.

Nigel Farage on stage in Telford


Nigel Farage on stage in Telford

Mr Farage said: “There is in this country a fundamental disconnect between Westminster and the rest of the country and that is why we are here.”

He told the 800-strong conference: “I am prepared to stand up and fight for this country. We voted to be free.”

Japanese television station NHK was also in attendance, filming the proceedings for its coverage of the Brexit debate back home.


Nigel Farage with Colin Carr, Pat Cheshire and Damian Jones, all from Dawley
With Andrew Illsely, Natalie Boardman and Rosemary Herbert from Staffordshire

Associate producer James McGuirk said: “We are focusing on Telford as a constituency that voted to leave the EU in 2016 and we are keen to learn about the current sentiment among the constituents in light of the possibility of an upcoming general election.”

Also at the event were the party’s prospective candidates, including Elaine Adams – who will be standing for Telford – and Christian Lucas, who will be contesting The Wrekin.

Mrs Adams, who will be fighting a constituency where 66.2 per cent voted to leave the EU, said people were frustrated Brexit had been delayed.

Nigel Farage was pleased to be in town
Alex Gunter from Telford, Oscar Redgrave from Shrewsbury and Rio Smith from Wrexham protested outside

“While canvassing in the town I hear how angry people are that we haven’t left the EU,” she said.

“Our A&E is being downgraded and our hospice has lost beds due to funding cuts.

"People also tell me they are having to wait long times for GP appointments, they can’t afford to go to the dentist and they are fed up of parking charges at Telford hospital.

“Money sent to the EU must be spent here in the UK where the Brexit Party wants to spend £200 billion in the regions outside London.”

Mark Andrews

By Mark Andrews

Senior news writer for the Shropshire Star specialising in in-depth features and commentary, investigative reporting and political matters.


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