Richard Tice accuses Tories of 'very dirty tricks' as Reform short of candidates

Richard Tice accuses Tories of 'very dirty tricks' as Reform short of candidates
Ben Chapman

By Ben Chapman

Published: 09/06/2024

- 11:51

REFORM UK chairman Richard Tice has accused the Conservative Party of “playing very dirty tricks” in the General Election campaign.

He told Camilla Tominey on GB News: “We've got 611 [candidates] and one of the reasons that actually we've got a bit short, for example, in this constituency of Stone, our candidate submitted their papers and then something extraordinary happened.

“We've no idea what but I have to say it's very, very dodgy. He then withdrew them with a few minutes to spare and endorsed the Conservative candidate.

“So frankly, some of the Conservatives have been playing very, very dirty tricks, trying to bribe our candidates to step aside, and that's why we lost a number of candidates at the last minute.”

He continued: “He's done it because he's been promised something, I've no doubt whatsoever. We had another candidate who was promised a safe council seat and two jobs by the Conservatives.

“This sort of dirty tricks is one of the reasons why the Tories are going to absolutely bomb in this election because the British public are sick and tired of their antics, their dirty tricks.

“Actually, they want people to tell it as it is and come up with policies that are going to work for Britain, to make work pay, to get to zero waiting lists, to freeze immigration, o one voted for mass immigration, and to stop the lawlessness on our streets.

"Those the policies that were campaigning about. We're getting a fantastic response on the streets.”

He added: “Let me tell you what's really going on out there. Everybody realises that Labour is going to win this election. I don't like it, but that's the reality.

“Now, actually, it's a free opportunity because if you vote Tory, you're going to get Labour anyway.

“So you might as well use that opportunity to punish the Tories for the damage they've done to our country over the last 14 years. And, actually, a vote for Reform is a vote for change.”

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