Trump congratulates Farage on winning his first ever seat but fails to congratulate new PM Starmer despite 'special relationship'

Donald Trump and Nigel Farage at Trump Turnberry

Donald Trump has congratulated Nigel Farage on winning his first ever seat following a devastating night for the Conservatives

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Georgina Cutler

By Georgina Cutler


Published: 05/07/2024

- 21:12

Farage was elected as the MP for Clacton after receiving 46.2 per cent of the vote

Donald Trump has congratulated Nigel Farage on winning his first ever seat following a devastating night for the Conservatives.

Farage was elected as the MP for Clacton after receiving 46.2 per cent of the vote.


The 60-year-old initially opted not to stand in the 2024 General Election after claiming a six-week campaign made it all but impossible to enter Parliament.

However, a triumphant Farage used his victory speech to warn Labour about what could happen next.

Nigel Farage FINALLY becomes an MP after smashing Tories and Labour in Clacton

Nigel Farage becomes an MP after smashing the Tories and Labour in Clacton

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Following his win, former US President Trump said: "Congratulations to Nigel Farage on his big WIN of a Parliament seat amid Reform UK Election success."

Posting on social media, Trump added: "Nigel is a man who truly loves his Country! DJT."

Trump did not congratulate Keir Starmer on his landslide win despite their "special relationship".

One of Trump’s key advisers on national security and foreign policy, Fred Fleitz, said last month that the "special relationship" with the UK would continue if Starmer becomes Prime Minister on July 4.

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Reform UK won a fifth seat in the General Election after a recount in the Basildon South and East Thurrock constituency.

James McMurdock won the seat with a majority of just 98 votes from Labour candidate Jack Ferguson.

McMurdock adds to an historic Westminster tally for Reform - he joins Nigel Farage, Lee Anderson, Richard Tice and Rupert Lowe in Parliament.

After overturning a 24,702 Tory majority to win by 8,405, Reform leader Farage said: "There is a massive gap on the centre-right of British politics and my job is to fill it."

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Following his win, former US President Trump congratulated Nigel Farage

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"What is interesting is, there's no enthusiasm for Labour, there's no enthusiasm for [Keir] Starmer whatsoever.

"In fact, about half of the vote is simply an anti-Conservative vote. We're coming for Labour, be in no doubt about that."

Farage's victory was declared just hours after Lee Anderson was returned as the MP for Ashfield.

Ex-Brexit Party MEP Rupert Lowe, who previously stood for the Referendum Party in 1997 and Reform UK in a by-election earlier this year, also picked up Great Yarmouth.

Lowe received 35.3 per cent of the vote, just 3.5 per cent ahead of Labour's Keir Cozens.

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