BORIS Johnson has flatly rejected Nigel Farage’s offer of an election pact as Tory aides launched an extraordinary attack on his character.
The Brexit party leader told No10 that he would not stand candidates against sitting Tory MPs or in their target seats if he was allowed a free run in 80 to 90 seats.
He even offered to campaign for the Tories if the PM pledged to deliver a No Deal Brexit.
But No10 attempted to kill-off any suggestion the Tories would strike an election deal with Mr Farage – sparking a war of words between the two camps.
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A spokesman for the PM said: “The PM will not be doing a deal with Nigel Farage.”
And in an astonishing personal attack a senior Tory source branded Mr Farage and his pro-Brexit campaigning ally and donor Aaron Banks “not fit and proper persons”.
The source added: “They should never be allowed anywhere near government.”
Asked why they didn’t consider the pair fit and proper persons, the insider said: “All our experience of dealing with them leads us to believe that.”
They should never be allowed anywhere near government.
Senior Tory source
Mr Farage and Mr Banks led the Leave.EU campaign during the 2016 referendum – the rival group to the official Vote Leave campaign led by Mr Johnson and his chief adviser Dominic Cummings.
Mr Farage immediately hit back at No10’s snub and warned that his new Brexit party could be Mr Johnson’s “best friends or their worst enemies”.
He also described the attack on him and Mr Banks as a “deeply inaccurate and intemperate response to a hand of friendship”.
He added: “These look like comments from the bunker. Does the press officer want to play petty party games or work for the wishes of the 17.4 million?”
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The Brexit party leader also insisted he was not seeking a role in government.
Mr Farage told reporters yesterday morning that internal Brexit party polling had found two thirds of all Brexit voters would vote for any party Mr Farage recommended.
He said the polling showed how many seats the Tories could gain if they struck a ‘non-aggression’ pact with him. The anti-EU campaigner said: “I would genuinely be able to help.”
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