'Britain is BROKEN!' Farage unveils 'contract with voters' as he vows to protect British values, fight left-wing bias and SCRAP licence fee

'Britain is BROKEN!' Farage unveils 'contract with voters' as he vows to protect British values, fight left-wing bias and SCRAP licence fee

WATCH: Nigel Farage kicks off Reform UK's 'contract' launch

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Millie Cooke

By Millie Cooke


Published: 17/06/2024

- 09:41

Updated: 17/06/2024

- 15:11

The Reform UK leader said: 'I genuinely feel Britain is broken'

Nigel Farage has unveiled Reform UK's "contract with voters" today, warning that Britain is "broken".

The contract, which has been presented by the party instead of a manifesto, vows to protect British values, fight left-wing bias and scrap the TV licence fee.


Speaking in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, the Reform UK leader said: "I genuinely feel Britain is broken. That nothing actually works anymore. That we're broken economically, as our national debt explodes, as our debt repayments are now over £90billion every year - the same amount as the education budget...

"I feel increasingly we're broken socially and it doesn't matter what crime statistics the Government quotes at us, we all feel less safe on our streets."

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Nigel Farage has unveiled Reform UK's "contract with voters" today, warning that Britain is "broken".

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He added: "And I'm in absolutely no doubt that we are in decline culturally. We've begun to forget who we are, what our history is, what we stand for."

Farage said there had been a “breakdown of trust” in politics as he launched Reform UK’s policy document, stressing that it was not a manifesto but a “contract” with voters.

“We are going through a breakdown of trust in politics where manifestos – one after another – keep making the same promises and no one believes now, frankly, a word that they say,” he said at the launch event in Merthyr Tydfil.

The contract includes a number of measures aimed at protecting free speech and maintaining UK sovereignty.

It also opposes the decline of cash in society, following warnings it has become increasingly difficult to spend cash on the high street.

The party also promises to introduce a Free Speech Bill, which would prevent organisations from imposing "left-wing bias and politically correct ideology", as well as preventing banks from withholding services from organisations or individuals they disapprove of.

Reform UK's contract calls for St George's Day and St David's Day to be made public holidays, saying: "English national identity should be officially promoted and celebrated, not ignored or banned."

It also demands the creation of an anti-corruption unit at Westminster, which would be given legal powers to probe scandals.

This would mean that officials who break the rules could face penalties including jail time for the worst offences.

The contract has been published just days after Reform UK overtook the Conservative Party in a poll for the first time, in what was another major blow for Rishi Sunak in this election campaign.

The YouGov survey saw Reform's increase by two points to 19 per cent. The Tories remained unchanged on 18 per cent.

The polling was conducted after the Conservative Party published its manifesto on Tuesday.

Earlier today, Farage admitted he has ambitions to become prime minister after 2029.

Asked if he would stand to be prime minister at an election in 2029, Farage told the BBC: "Yes, absolutely. I think the disconnect between the Labour and Conservative Westminster-based parties and the country – the thoughts, hopes and aspirations of ordinary people – are so far apart from where our politics is."

Last week, Farage declared Reform UK to be the "official opposition", demanding a head-to-head election debate with Sir Keir Starmer.

He said a vote for the Conservative Party in the Red Wall is now a "wasted vote", claiming a vote for the Tories is, in effect, a vote to put Labour in government.

The polling, conducted by YouGov for the Times, spoke to 2,211 adults on June 12 and 13.

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It put Labour on 37 per cent support, while Reform UK was the second most popular party on 19 per cent support.

The Conservatives were on 18 per cent support.

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