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Nigel Farage's offer boosts prospects for Tories

Brexit Party to focus on capturing Labour seats and prevent another referendum

LONDON • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's election bid got a boost on Monday when Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage announced that his insurgent movement would not contest the 317 seats won by Mr Johnson's Conservative Party in the 2017 vote.

This represents serious breathing room for Mr Johnson, whose campaign launch last week for the Dec 12 election was marred by insults against victims of a notorious high-rise fire, followed by scrambled apologies and muddled messages about the party being out of touch.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 13, 2019, with the headline 'Farage's offer boosts prospects for Tories'. Print Edition | Subscribe