Brexit Party drops 316 candidates, will not fight seats won by Tories in 2017 – ‘letting people down’ as well as the potential candidates

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Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage shelves plans  to contest more than 600 seats in the 12 December  2019 General Election. Mr Farage told supporters at a rally in Hartlepool that the  Brexit Party will not field 600 candidates as earlier planned; this effectively makes 317 hopeful candidates redundant; therefore cannot contest the 317 seats won by Tories in the 2017 election///CRIMSON TAZVINZWA

The Brexit Party leader said that the decision was not easy but he will not contest any of the seats won by Conservatives at the last election.

It will come as a relief to many of the Tory candidates, but some of the former Brexit Party hopefuls have voiced their disappointment.

The Brexit Party is less than a year old and does not have any MPs – but it was the clear winner in the UK’s European elections in May, with more than 30% of the vote.

Caroline Coram, who hoped to represent Sleaford and North Hykeham for the Brexit Party, will now stand as an independent candidate.

She told Lincolnshire Reporter: “My priority right now is for the people that this announcement is letting down.

“If we step back completely then we are letting them down, so

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