Election 2019: Nigel Farage launches assault on Corbyn ‘Labour campaign is BOMBING!’

Mr Farage was speaking about Mr Corbyn’s decision to remain “neutral” in a mooted second EU referendum, as he visited market stallholders in Hartlepool. He said the Labour leader’s stance, which he revealed on BBC’s Question Time on Friday, showed a “failure of leadership”. Mr Farage said: “Brexit is the defining issue of our day and the leader of the Labour Party is going to abstain from that.

“I find that astonishing. It’s a failure of leadership. It’s also a reflection that he knows his own parliamentary party are Remainers so he’s still trying to stay on that fence and it’s not working.

“And I think, frankly, people would say just come down on one side or the other and I think my feeling is the Labour campaign is bombing and that last night made it worse.”

Mr Farage added that the Brexit Party could win Labour seats in the election if it attracted ballots from Conservative voters.


Nigel Farage has said the Labour election campaign is “bombing” (Image: GETTY)


Mr Farage was speaking about Mr Corbyn’s decision to remain “neutral” (Image: GETTY)

He said patriotic voters in places like Hartlepool would vote for his party because of their view of Mr Corbyn.

He said: “I think the Brexit issue is huge, I think the patriotic issue is huge, I think Corbyn is not seen as being very patriotic and I think if Conservative voters in these areas realise that we’re the challenger and come to us, then we could (beat Labour), absolutely.”

Mr Farage said resolving the Brexit issue would help restore the public’s faith in politics.

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“What was interesting though, and I felt it when I did it, from the audience last night was the sheer level of hostility.

“This is real, people are very angry with politics, their faith and trust in Parliament, politicians, has never, ever been lower and goodness me it shows.

“This is why, actually, getting Brexit done properly will allow us to get people to believe that if they vote for something it might actually happen.”

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The corporation was blasted for claims of bias when Mr Johnson was confronted by an angry audience (Image: GETTY)

Mr Farage arrived in Hartlepool on the Brexit Party battle bus and visited the Market Hall in Middleton Grange shopping centre.

Wearing a flat cap and calf-length wax jacket, Mr Farage spoke to a number of stallholders and bought a caramel slice and a £1.29 Christmas card for his mother.

Mr Farage later joined canvassers knocking on doors in Hartlepool.


Mr Corbyn’s election campaign is “bombing” (Image: GETTY)

Speaking as he walked through the residential area, he said he believed there would be a low turnout in the election.

But several voters on the doorstep said he had their vote.

Kenneth Melvin, a former Labour voter, said he would be voting for the Brexit Party because he could not trust Labour.


Mr Farage arrived in Hartlepool on the Brexit Party battle bus and visited the Market Hal (Image: GETTY)

Debbie Franks, a Weight Watchers coach, said she was still undecided but would not vote for either of the two main parties.

Last night Mr Farage did not attend a BBC debate alongside Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn, Jo Swinson and Nicola Sturgeon.

The corporation was blasted for claims of bias when Mr Johnson was confronted by an angry audience, with one member hounding the Prime Minister to the point whereby host Fiona Bruce had to step in.

Ms Bruce shouted: “Can you hold on a minute I’m in charge of this thing.”

It also emerged that one of the interrogators was an actress from I, Daniel Blake, a film by left-wing director Ken Loach.

Kate Rutter grilled Lib Dem leader Ms Swinson on her party forming a coalition with the Tories.

She said: “You talk about the Lib Dems as a viable alternative to Labour of Tories. I’d just like to ask you that with 14million UK citizens living in poverty do you regret consistently voting with the Conservatives and in favour of harsh and uncaring benefits cuts.

“Is there any kinds of alternatives to the Conservative Party?”

A tally from Tory HQ found Mr Johnson was interrupted by Ms Bruce and the audience an estimate four more times than anybody else appearing on the debate.


The election is on December 12 (Image: EXPRESS.CO.UK)

Robbie Gibb, a former senior BBC executive and ex-Downing Street Director of Communications said: “The best TV audiences are designed to give ordinary people the opportunity to challenge and question politicians. However many of these questioners are clearly political activists and trade unionists. Spoils the programme.”

A BBC spokesman said: “Every leader tonight faced tough questions from the audience, which consisted of people who’d identified themselves as supporting the political parties involved. The majority were supporters of the Conservatives and the Labour Party, in equal numbers.”


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