Widdecombe Insists Actions, Not Words, Will Determine Pre-Election ‘Reset’ as Farage’s Return Sparks Controversy
In a stern call to action, former Tory MP Ann Widdecombe has challenged Home Secretary Suella Braverman to back her strong words at the Conservative Party conference with concrete measures to address the issue of small boats crossing the English Channel. Widdecombe, who recently served as a Brexit Party MEP, emphasised that the Conservative Party’s chances of a pre-election “reset” depend on tangible actions rather than mere rhetoric. She also expressed skepticism about the idea of Nigel Farage rejoining the party.
Braverman’s speech at the conference, where she warned of a potential “hurricane” of immigration and criticised Labour for going “properly woke,” resonated with party supporters. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is pinning his hopes on the conference as a means to narrow Labour’s lead in the polls ahead of the upcoming general election.
However, as the number of people attempting hazardous Channel crossings surpassed 25,000 this week, Widdecombe, who served as a minister in John Major’s government, remained unimpressed, stating, “The only thing that’s going to reset the political scene is if they actually do something rather than talking about doing things. Suella Braverman now has a solid record of talk, talk, talk, and we haven’t stopped a single boat. We need action and not rhetoric.”
Despite speculation surrounding Farage’s return to the party he left in 1992, Widdecombe dismissed the idea, explaining that he was present at the conference in his capacity as a GB News presenter. Farage’s recent comments on mainstreaming his views within the Conservative Party have stirred controversy, with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak welcoming him back, though Farage insisted he had no intentions of returning.
As political tensions rise within the Conservative Party, the call for concrete action on the Channel crossings issue remains at the forefront of the agenda. Story source