Worried Conservative MPs Suggest Rishi Sunak Appoint Nigel Farage as Britain’s Ambassador to the US to Halt His Leadership of Reform UK’s Election Effort – Reform Party Now Ahead of Conservatives Among Working-Class Voters

Nigel Farage and Rishi Sunak (Credits: The Telegraph)

Concerned members of the Conservative Party are suggesting an unprecedented move to appoint Nigel Farage as the UK’s ambassador to the US. The move aims to counteract the political threat posed by Reform UK, led by Farage.

The rising popularity of Reform UK, evident in recent polls indicating their close competition with the Conservatives, has alarmed Tory MPs. These MPs believe offering Farage a prestigious diplomatic position could deter his potential return to active politics with Reform UK.

A recent YouGov survey revealed Reform UK’s reasonable traction, particularly among working-class voters, placing them just five points behind the Conservatives.

Nigel Farage (Credits: The Economist)

Despite speculations of Farage contemplating another parliamentary run, some Conservatives propose that Prime Minister Rishi Sunak leverage Farage’s well-known rapport with Donald Trump, who may seek re-election, by offering him the ambassadorial role.

Discussions within the party have highlighted a strategy where Farage, known for his influential political career and pivotal role in the Brexit campaign, could be given a peerage in addition to the ambassadorship, thus preventing his involvement in the upcoming general election.

This suggestion, however, has sparked debate about its feasibility and ethical implications. Farage has firmly dismissed the idea of aligning with the Conservative Party, emphasizing his commitment to Reform UK’s agenda and criticizing the Tories for their perceived betrayal of conservative values.

Nigel Farage blasts Rishi (Credits: Daily Express)

The notion of political appointments in exchange for electoral concessions has been criticized as undermining democratic principles. Despite this political maneuvering, Richard Tice, leader of Reform UK, has publicly ruled out any collaborations with the Conservative Party, emphasizing the objective of challenging and potentially replacing the Tories in the forthcoming election.

This stance highlights a clear divide between the two parties, with Reform UK positioning itself as a formidable competitor rather than a potential ally. The Conservative Party’s leadership has not commented on the speculation surrounding Farage’s potential ambassadorship.

Still, the discussion underscores the current tensions within the UK’s political world and the Conservative Party’s search for strategies to maintain its position amidst rising challenges from Reform UK and other political forces.