Nigel Farage has accused Conservatives of “Venezuela-style abuse” to terrify his Brexit Party candidates into standing down in Labour-held seats ahead of today’s deadline.
In an explosive speech, he condemned as “nothing short of disgraceful” a campaign to clear the way for Boris Johnson’s party to unite the Leave vote.
“What is going on right now is nothing short of disgraceful,” Mr Farage alleged, speaking in Hull.
“There is a full-scale attempt going on out there, as I speak, to stop men and women freely putting themselves up before the UK electorate.
“You would have thought this was Venezuela – even before Jeremy Corbyn got in.”
Mr Farage said his candidates were “coming under relentless phone calls, emails and abuse and being told they must stand down”.
He did not name the people behind the abuse, but made clear he believed it was Conservatives, saying: “That’s because they fear us – they fear the Brexit Party having a voice in the House of Commons.”