Nigel Farage has given an election boost to the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson by announcing that his Brexit Party won't contest the 317 seats won by the Conservatives in 2017.

Just a week ago Mr Farage said he planned to run candidates in 600 seats, after Mr Johnson rejected his offer of a "Leave alliance" to deliver Brexit. Today he said his party would focus on trying to take seats held by Labour instead - adding that he wanted to avoid another hung parliament and prevent a new EU referendum. Mr Farage has recently come under pressure not to split the pro-Brexit vote.

Mr Johnson welcomed Mr Farage's move, calling it “recognition that there's only one way to get Brexit done, and that's to vote for the Conservatives". Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said Donald Trump "got his wish" when Mr Farage announced his electoral strategy. Mr Corbyn said the Brexit Party leader was offering a "Trump alliance" that would lead to "Thatcherism on steroids" and threaten the future of the NHS.

Part of the BBC News at Ten’s coverage of the 2019 British General Election

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