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Tories deny offering Brexit Party peerages and jobs in exchange for pulling out of marginal seats

Nigel Farage has claimed the Conservatives offered jobs and peerages to his Brexit Party in a bid to get him to pull candidates from marginal seats. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
Nigel Farage has claimed the Conservatives offered jobs and peerages to his Brexit Party in a bid to get him to pull candidates from marginal seats. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

By Catherine Wylie

Nigel Farage has claimed the Conservatives offered jobs and peerages to his Brexit Party in a bid to get him to pull candidates from marginal seats.

He said the alleged move by the Tories was "bordering on corruption" and suggested that it came from people "who work deep inside Number 10 Downing Street", rather than from the Prime Minister.

The Conservative Party denied the claims, saying that no jobs or peerages had been offered.

Shortly after the general election candidate nominations deadline of 4pm passed, Mr Farage tweeted: "Even Boris Johnson's chief strategic adviser Sir Edward Lister is calling our candidates and offering them jobs if they withdraw. The system is corrupt and broken."

In a video Mr Farage said he and eight other senior figures in his party were offered peerages.

"We want what 17.4m people voted for and we want to change politics for good, because I tell you, having tried the attack, they then tried something that frankly I think is bordering on corruption, but it says so much about Westminster and the way things run," he added.

"I've said in the past and I'll say it again. Repeatedly it's been suggested to me that I might like to have a seat in the House of Lords, so that I can go quietly. Every time this gets said my answer is the same. I'm not for sale, I'm not interested, I don't want anything. I just want to get Brexit delivered."

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