Richard Tice hints disgruntled Tory MPs are considering abandoning Boris for Reform UK
Richard Tice: Tory MPs may defect over Boris' party scandals
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Richard Tice, Leader of Reform UK sat down with GB News Dan Wootton to discuss Tory Party backlash live on air.
Mr Tice teased GB News audiences by suggesting that there are many Conservative MPs who want to defect from the Tory party as they are unsatisfied with Boris Johnson’s leadership and the direction that the party has gone, with the introduction of certain legislation.
For the past few weeks, the Prime Minister and top Tory MPs have been coming under fire for alleged rule breaks during lockdown last year.
Mr Tice also promoted his own party and hinted that many Tory votes could be voting for them instead in the future.
Mr Tice said: “They’re no longer the Conservatives, I’ve been calling them for six months the con-socialists, they are the party of high tax, high regulation, meaning low growth and lower wages.
“So in a sense, they’re just like the Labour party, so they’re both socialists and that’s actually is not what people who voted Conservative at the last election, including many red wall voters who had never previously voted Conservative.
“So they’re looking elsewhere and they’re saying who is going to stand up for decent ordinary British workers. And you saw last week the biggest tax rise we’ve seen in this country for some 60-years.
“People realise you cannot trust a single word, not a single word this government says. Vaccine passports, in out shake it all about, taxes, they said they wouldn’t increase them and now they’ve increased.
Mr Tice added: “Children, they said they wouldn’t jab them now they’re jabbing them, they’ve ignored the advice, so you can’t trust a word they say. People are saying who else is out there and people have come across and said actually, there is Reform.
“We stand for cutting taxes, smart regulation, high growth, we’ve got a conference at the end of this month. We thought we would make it easy so we’re having it on the same day, in the same city as the Tory conference.
“It will be nice and easy for people to just walk across the street, maybe one or two MPs are disillusioned maybe they will pop across the street.”
Mr Wootton said: Do you need a high profile defection to actually have a presence at Westminister?”
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Mr Tice said: “Obviously I couldn’t reveal negotiations live on air but..”
Mr Wootton said: “Are there Tory MPs, without naming any names, and have they approached you?”
Mr Tice said: “There are some very disgruntled Tory MPs who realise that this is no longer the party that they thought it was, and they can’t trust what their leaders say, they don’t recognise the Prime Minister as the person who was elected in December 19′ and they’re very very concerned.”
In recent weeks Chief Negotiator of Task Force Europe Lord Frost resigned over lack of agreement over the passing of certain new regulations by the Tory party.
Lord Frost gave a statement explaining the reason for his resignation, Lord Frost said: “I left the government, as I think is well known, because I couldn’t support certain policies, most recently on COVID restrictions and plan B.
“If you’re a minister, you have to support collective responsibility, you have to support decisions of the government, and I couldn’t so that’s why I had to leave.
When asked about the Prime Minister Lord Frost said: “absolutely confident this country has a great future under Boris Johnson’s leadership if we can get the policies right, I’m absolutely confident he’s the right man to take the country forward.
“I don’t support coercive policies on COVID. The prime minister’s got some very difficult decisions to take and I’m sure he’ll be thinking very hard on them.”
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