What does the Tory have to offer in their EU election manifesto? Conservative policies for 2019 poll

Well there’s a bit of a problem when it comes to the Tory manifesto.

Theresa May repeatedly insisted that the European elections would not be happening.

But this week she was forced to admit that the poll will have to take place.

Her de facto deputy David Lidington finally confirmed the £100million poll is now unavoidable after Brexit was delayed to October 31.

Downing Street is still holding out hope that Britain can secure a Brexit deal before the end of June.

That would mean MEPs won’t have to take their seats when the Parliament begins its first sitting on July 2.

But it will likely lead to the elections being blasted as a waste of public money and ramp up calls for May to quit.

So far, apart from acknowledging the elections will happen, the Conservatives have done very little to address the upcoming vote.

What is in the Tory’s manifesto?

The short answer is we don’t know because there isn’t one yet and it’s actually not certain that the Tories will even produce one.

Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party has opened up a nine-point lead ahead of its rivals in the lead-up to the European Parliament elections on May 23 to 26. The Eurosceptic political party scored 30 percent – up two points from last week – in a YouGov survey for The Times. Labour was down one point to 21 percent while the Conservatives showed no change on 13 percent in the survey of 1,630 adults polled on April 29 and 30. The results also revealed the Brexit Party was backed by 48 percent of the over-65s who were polled, with 31 percent of them identifying as Tory supporters.

Mr Farage’s fledgling party may be less than a month old with no manifesto but that has not stopped the public rallying behind its European candidates.

Jacob Rees-Mogg’s sister, Annunciate Rees-Mogg, and ex-Tory MP Ann Widdecombe are two of the star attractions, along with the unstoppable force that is Mr Farage.

The former UKIP leader vowed to change “politics for good” as he launched his populist party in Wales on Thursday on the campaign trail.

Speaking at the 2,000-strong, sell-out Newport rally, he vowed: “This battle now is not just about Brexit; it’s not just about getting us out of the European Union.

“It is in fact about sweeping away a political class who serve nobody but themselves. This is about changing politics for good.”

Could Nigel Farage’s party OUST Tories in a general election?

Dr Andrew Glencross, senior politics lecturer at Aston University, said the threat posed by the Brexit Party will depend on the Tory’s response to the EU elections and whether the Prime Minister stays or goes.

He told Express.co.uk: “If they topple May or manage to leave the EU in quick succession, they can contain the danger.

“The worst scenario for the Conservatives is if, following further delay, a general election is held while the UK is still an EU member.

The former UKIP leader vowed to change “politics for good” as he launched his populist party in Wales on Thursday on the campaign trail.

Speaking at the 2,000-strong, sell-out Newport rally, he vowed: “This battle now is not just about Brexit; it’s not just about getting us out of the European Union.

“It is in fact about sweeping away a political class who serve nobody but themselves. This is about changing politics for good.”

Could Nigel Farage’s party OUST Tories in a general election?

Dr Andrew Glencross, senior politics lecturer at Aston University, said the threat posed by the Brexit Party will depend on the Tory’s response to the EU elections and whether the Prime Minister stays or goes.

He told Express.co.uk: “If they topple May or manage to leave the EU in quick succession, they can contain the danger.

“The worst scenario for the Conservatives is if, following further delay, a general election is held while the UK is still an EU member.

“The results would be pretty ugly for any Tory leader having to explain why the UK had still not left.”

Mr Farage’s immediate rise with his new party has revealed the deep discontent sections of the public feel towards Westminster over its handling of Brexit.

Mr Glencross said the Brexit Party had “reignited the politics of leaving the EU” and this would have major consequences for both the Tories and Labour.

He said: “The Government was hoping not to pay a price for delaying Brexit, something it will not get away with now.”

“In the longer run, both major parties are going to have to think hard about how to win back voters.

“Jeremy Corbyn has already decided this means avoiding committing to a second referendum. But that may be far too little for Labour Leavers.

“From a Conservative perspective, the battle against the Brexit Party will come down to who the next Tory leader is.

“Those jostling for the prize will have to do their utmost to distance themselves from the Prime Minister’s handling of Brexit.

“That will make the next leadership contest a messy affair and demonstrate Nigel Farage’s enduring power to disrupt UK politics.”

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