'Brexit Party has the capacity to win two Barnsley seats,' Nigel Farage tells activists during rally
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has told Barnsley activists they have the capacity to win two Parliamentary seats in the town in Thursday’s General Election as they step up canvassing duties.
Mr Farage said his decision to return to the town for the second time in a fortnight was decided by seeing the professionalism of campaigners fighting for the party to win the Barnsley Central and Barnsley East constituencies, he said.
During his visit earlier today, he told voters that much of his time has been spent in the north where high numbers voted for Brexit in the 2016 referendum
“I am particularly impressed by the level of organisation we have got here,” Mr Farage said.
“All the indications are that we have a very, very, serious chance. I personally think we can do it,” he said.
He blamed a drift away from traditional values in the Labour party for a creeping loss of support in traditional stronghold communities like Barnsley.
Mr Farage went on to criticise Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for having political values which are ‘a lurch’ away from those of predecessors from Clement Atlee through to Tony Blair.
Communities like Barnsley were ‘very patriotic’ places, he said, where voters could not accept Mr Corbyn’s relationship with organisations like the IRA and Hamas.
He described Barnsley voters who were turning to Brexit as people ‘with perfectly reasonable views, who feel they are being talked down to’.
“If Labour win, you will have a second referendum and the choice will be remain, or a form of remain.
“It is an insult and it has created a fault line,” he said.
Brexit Party's Barnsley Central candidate is Victoria Felton, who is also a councillor representing the Monk Bretton ward in Barnsley for the Veterans and Democrats party.
The constituency has been represented by Labour's Dan Jarvis, who is also South Yorkshire's metro-mayor, since 2011.
The Barnsley East Brexit Party candidate is Jim Ferguson, who originates from Scotland. Stephanie Peacock held the seat for Labour until the General Election was called.