The Brexit Party has dumped one of its most senior figures for disagreeing with party autocrat Nigel Farage.
Brexit Party chief whip Brian Monteith announced this morning that the party has ditched John Longworth MEP, for “repeatedly undermining the party’s election strategy.”
In early November, Longworth said the party should concentrate on just 20 or 30 seats, to give the Conservatives a clear run at the general election.
A couple of weeks earlier, he also said that Britain couldn’t hope for a “better outcome” than Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal.
Responding at the time, Farage said that Longworth had gone through a “dramatic personal metamorphosis,” and now he’s decided to dump the Yorkshire and Humber MEP altogether.
This decision strikes us as strange for a couple of reasons. Firstly, many Brexit Party MEPs have been critical of Farage’s election strategy, for multiple different reasons, yet haven’t faced disciplinary action.
For example, Farage’s “right-hand woman”, Alexandra Phillips, suggested that he was abandoning Brexit voters by standing down hundreds of candidates in Tory-held seats. She is still in the party, and is one of the party’s leading messengers on TV and radio.
And, secondly, Farage has taken no action against a swathe of general election candidates who have been exposed for more serious offences – including virulent Islamophobia.
Of course, we have no idea what the party’s policies are about disciplinary matters, because it’s as a private limited company with Nigel Farage the majority shareholder. Somehow, we don’t think this is the political revolution he promised.