Nigel Farage hailed for Parliament debut after 'shocking episode' for Tories: 'Sovereign Britain is fed up with politics!'

Nigel Farage hailed for Parliament debut after 'shocking episode' for Tories: 'Sovereign Britain is fed up with politics!'

WATCH NOW: Nigel Farage and Reform UK praised for their House of Commons debut

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Georgia Pearce

By Georgia Pearce


Published: 10/07/2024

- 08:46

Reform UK's five MPs entered the House of Commons on Tuesday after their election success

Deputy leader of Reform UK Ben Habib has praised party leader Nigel Farage, following his Parliament debut on Tuesday.

Farage addressed the House of Commons alongside his four MPs, calling themselves the "new kids on the block".


The party leader also took the opportunity to swipe at former Speaker, "little man" John Bercow, accusing him of "besmirching the office so dreadfully" and "doing his best to overturn the biggest democratic result in the history of the country".

The remarks were met with groans and visible eye rolls from other MPs.

Ben Habib and Nigel Farage

Ben Habib has praised Reform UK leader Nigel Farage for making his Parliament debut

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Reacting to Reform UK's grand entrance, writer and commentator Tom Bewick said it was "good" to see Farage enter the House of Commons and "represent" his constituency.

Bewick told GB News: "Importantly, he was standing in a chamber, let's be frank, where probably 90 per cent of those MPs, both those coming for the first time and those returning, voted remain.

"And quite a lot of those MPs are on the Labour front bench now in government. There isn't a single Brexit voter or someone that supported leave, as I did in 2016 from a Labour Party position, and that I think is actually one of the big stories of this election in many ways."

Discussing Reform UK's election success, which won them over four million votes, Bewick noted that the British public have "very long memories" and will remember Labour's previous "desperate" government.

Reform UK MPs

Reform UK's five MPs entered the House of Commons on Tuesday after their election success

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Bewick explained: "The British people have got very long memories, and they do remember how desperate that Parliament was, in terms of the shenanigans that went on, not just with the speaker, but also with members of Parliament.

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"Do you remember the Surrender Act? I never thought I would see a legislator literally pass a law that would set out on a piece of paper what the prime minister of the United Kingdom could say to the president of the European Commission.

"The British people had voted us out and we were in the article 50 negotiations in order to properly get out with the withdrawal agreement. I thought that was a shocking episode in British politics."

Sharing his support for Reform UK, Ben Habib highlighted that Labour's victory was out of "anger" from the British people to get the Conservatives out of power, more so than the country "moving to the left".

Habib told GB News: "The schism people often describe that is in British politics is between the left and the right, and they see Labour being returned in what they regard as a thumping way, as the United Kingdom moving to the left, it isn't at all. Labour's vote in this election actually went down compared to 2019.

Ben Habib

Ben Habib said British voters are 'fed up' with politics

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"It's just that those who believed in a sovereign, independent, proud, prosperous United Kingdom are so fed up with politics that many of them didn't come out. Those who would traditionally vote Conservative stayed at home."

Criticising the vote share percentages compared to the seat numbers won by the party, Habib continued: "There are some angry folk out there, who are perhaps not as angry as I am, who came out and they voted Reform UK.

"We got 4.1 million votes, only 2.7 less than the Conservative Party, who got 24 times as many seats as us. We got 600,000 more votes than the Liberal Democrats, and they got 72 seats."

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