UK elections: Trump hails ally Farage’s ‘big win’, stays mum on Keir Starmer’s landslide win – The Times of India

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Former US president Donald Trump on Friday celebrated the election of long standing ally Nigel Farage’s ‘big win’ to Britain’s parliament, while deliberately making no mention of the new Labour prime minister, Keir Starmer’s landslide victory.
Farage’s Reform UK party, known for its anti-immigration stance, secured the third largest vote count with five seats to the parliament.
Trump, who often refers to Nigel Farage as “Mr Brexit” wrote on his Truth Social platform, “Congratulations to Nigel Farage on his big win of a Parliament Seat amid Reform UK Election Success. Nigel is a man who truly loves his Country!”
During his campaign last month, Farage claimed Trump “learned quite a lot” from him by studying his speeches before he ran for office. Nigel Farage was also previously praised by the former US President for potentially being an excellent UK ambassador to Washington.
Farage, a staunch advocate of Brexit, finally won a parliamentary seat on his eighth attempt and has openly expressed his ambition to rejuvenate the now-main opposition Conservative party, which suffered a heavy defeat to Labour.
Following his decisive victory in Clacton, eastern England, Farage said, “There is a massive gap on the centre-right of British politics and my job is to fill it.”
The populist’s election result contrasts with the recent rightward shift among some of the UK’s allies, including the far-right National Rally in France and Trump’s anticipated return to US politics. Farage’s success is likely to fuel his long-term goal of a “takeover” of the Conservative party. Many Conservative voters seem to have already moved their support to Reform UK, contributing to one of the Conservative party’s worst performances in history.
( with input from agencies)

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