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Rumours of Nigel Farage rejoining the conservatives create frenzy of speculation

“Should Rishi Sunak Beg Nigel Farage to Join the Tories? Exploring the Possibilities”


The Conservative party conference has left the Tory Right feeling somewhat disappointed. Despite the fervent desire for a more Brexit-focused agenda and a return to traditional conservative values, the tax burden remains high, the small boats crisis continues, and cycling remains legal. However, amid these challenges, there is a glimmer of hope for Rishi Sunak and his party’s base – the prospect of inviting Nigel Farage back into the Tory fold.

Nigel Farage’s Resurgence

It’s been three decades since Nigel Farage left the Conservative party to join UKIP, but recent appearances at the party conference suggest he never really left. He even made headlines by singing karaoke with Home Secretary Priti Patel. Farage’s return to the spotlight has raised questions about whether he should be welcomed back into the Conservative party, and this intriguing possibility has garnered attention.

Rishi Sunak’s Openness

During the conference, GB News asked Rishi Sunak if Nigel Farage would be welcome to rejoin the Conservative party. Unlike previous Tory leaders who might have dismissed the idea, Sunak’s response was open-minded. He emphasized that the Conservative party is a “broad church” that welcomes those who share its ideals.

The Shift Away from a “Broad Church”

In recent years, the Conservative party has shifted away from being a “broad church.” This transformation became evident in 2019 when Prime Minister Boris Johnson removed the Tory whip from disenchanted Remainers like Rory Stewart. Contrary to expectations, this move actually revitalized the party’s fortunes, culminating in a landslide victory in the general election. As a result, the party is now compelled to embrace its Brexity side to maintain its appeal.

The Perception of Rishi Sunak

Despite Rishi Sunak’s own vote in favor of Leave, some Tory Leavers question his commitment to Brexit. He often comes across as a stereotypical Remainer: unassuming, technocratic, and lacking in radical ideas. This perception can be detrimental to the party’s image of a strong commitment to Brexit.

The Role of Nigel Farage

Nigel Farage, on the other hand, is widely recognized as a staunch Brexit advocate. His influence within the party would undoubtedly help reassure Leavers about the Conservative party’s commitment to Brexit. However, several factors make this scenario unlikely.

Challenges to Nigel Farage’s Return

Firstly, Nigel Farage has been openly critical of Rishi Sunak’s government, describing some prominent Tories as “dismal” and “toothless Tory attack puppies.” He has expressed the belief that he achieved more outside the Conservative party than he ever could from within it.

Furthermore, Farage’s return to the party would likely result in increased influence, potentially even a seat in Parliament or leadership. While this may be a serious possibility, it is met with skepticism by many within the party, including Rishi Sunak.


The idea of Nigel Farage rejoining the Conservative party is an intriguing one, especially in the current political climate. While it would undoubtedly help solidify the party’s Brexit credentials, it faces significant challenges and resistance from various quarters. Whether Rishi Sunak will take the bold step of inviting Farage back or not remains uncertain. Nonetheless, it is a topic that highlights the ongoing evolution of the Conservative party as it navigates the post-Brexit era.

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