Nigel Farage has alleged that the prime minister’s efficient chief of workers was concerned in providing Brexit Party candidates jobs to face apart as election candidates.
In an interview with Sky News, the Brexit Party chief mentioned the push got here from Downing Street – which included Sir Edward Lister.
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Mr Farage first made the allegation final week, saying the supply included peerages, however didn’t identify any people
A Conservative spokesperson as soon as once more denied the story, telling Sky News: “Neither the Conservative Party, nor its officials have offered Brexit Party candidates jobs or peerages.”
Mr Farage advised Sky’s Lewis Goodall that within the run-up to the deadline for candidates to place themselves ahead for the overall election on 12 December, there was a “good cop, bad cop” strategy employed.
Hundreds of Brexit Party candidates have been, he claimed, “effectively intimidated by bombardments of phone calls saying they shouldn’t stand”.
At the identical time, Mr Farage mentioned, there was a “wilful attempt to buy people off with jobs”.
Asked if he thought what had occurred was against the law, the Brexit Party chief replied: “That’s not for me to guage. I feel it is mistaken.
“It is corruption of our politics and I feel it is fairly appalling. I feel it exhibits why the honours system is well past its sell-by date.”
Mr Farage mentioned the police haven’t been in contact with him since he made the allegations and added: “I doubt much will happen.”
Asked if he was accusing individuals near Boris Johnson of corruption, he responded: “That’s right.”
Pressed to call names, Mr Farage mentioned: “I’ll speak to them [the police] as and once they come to see me.
“I’m not going to call names. One identify has been talked about that was concerned in all this which was Sir Eddie Lister.
“Let me assure you, that from talking to [Brexit Party MEP] Ann Widdecombe and others, they’ve all received phone calls from people who work in Number 10 and there’s a long list of names.”
As as to whether Mr Johnson himself was conscious, he advised our correspondent: “I don’t know. Probably not.”
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