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Footage has been released of Tory leadership candidate Rory Stewart being confronted by Brexit Party activists. The confrontation occurred in Peterborough, where by-elections will be held on Thursday after Labour MP Fiona Onasanya was recalled following her conviction over a speeding offence. Mr Stewart can be seen surrounded by Brexit Party activists. The Tory leadership hopeful engages with the campaigners, discussing a no deal Brexit. He said: “A no deal Brexit is talking about going zero tariff on beef and sheep.
The Electoral Reform Society (ERS) said voters remained “hampered by a binary, out-dated voting system” with small changes in support likely to mean the difference between parties winning dozens or seats and none at the next election, given the state of electoral fragmentation.
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“That means Argentinian beef coming into this country, Brazilian beef coming into this country and American wheat coming into this country.
One activist disagrees: “Well I’m a sheep farmer in your constituency and I don’t think that.”
The footage was tweeted by Sky News political correspondent Lewis Goodall, who wrote: “Stewart, to his credit engaging with the Brexit Party activists.”
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Mr Goodall earlier tweeted: “It’s all kicking off in Peterborough. @RoryStewartUk being assailed by Brexit Party activists, one of whom says he’s a constituent.”
The Peterborough seat is traditionally a battleground between Labour and the Tories but Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party may be able to change all that.
After the constituency backed the Brexit Party in last month’s EU elections, the bookies are backing another triumph for Mr Farage.
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Betway is predicting a storming victory for the Nigel Farage-led operation, meaning it could be able to get its first seat in the UK Parliament.
Betway’s Alan Alger said: “The Peterborough by-election looks set to be closely fought, but in a significant leave-voting area, Farage should be confident the newly formed party can gain their first Westminster seat and are 8/11 favourites.”
Mr Farage told a packed rally in Peterborough on Saturday the by-election will be “even bigger” than the European polls.
He added his Eurosceptic alliance “must be doing quite well” as former prime minister Gordon Brown had campaigned for Labour over the last week.
In an exclusive interview with The National he stated “any sensible or sensitive leader” would look at the party’s performance and “think they got something dramatically wrong” and called for him to change his Brexit policy or go if he wanted to act in the long term interests of the party.
The Brexit Party’s candidate is local businessman Mike Greene, who featured on Channel 4’s Secret Millionaire.
He is running against Paul Bristow for the Conservatives and Lisa Forbes for Labour, plus 13 other candidates.