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Brexit Party MEPs quit to back the Tories

THREE Brexit Party MEPs have quit the party to back the Tories at next week’s general election.

Lance Forman, Lucy Harris and Annunziata Rees-Mogg – the sister of Tory grandee Jacob Rees-Mogg – have all resigned from Nigel Farage’s party to back Boris Johnson’s election bid.

Ms Rees-Mogg said: “We need a strong leave-supporting government to deliver the Brexit 17.4 million voted for.

“The Conservatives are the only option for Brexit supporters and democrats alike.”

The news coincided with the Brexit Party expelling MEP John Longworth for “repeatedly undermining” its general-election strategy.

Mr Longworth, a former director-general of the British Chambers of Commerce, urged Mr Farage to focus on 20-30 seats, rather than his plan of contesting all Labour-held constituences.

Mr Farage said he was “disappointed” at the MEPs’ decision to leave the party.

He urged Tories to stand down as candidates in safe Labour seats, claiming that the Brexit Party is “hammering” the vote share of incumbent Labour MPs.

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