Nigel Farage says he would beat both Tory party leadership candidates in an open primary

The GB News host criticised Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak for what he sees as their lack of authenticity

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GB News host Nigel Farage has said he would beat both Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak if they were all competing in an American style open primary.

The former chancellor and foreign secretary have appeared in two tv debates to set out their plans for if they become Prime Minister.

Ms Truss has vowed to crackdown on crime by publishing police league tables and telling forces to slash serious crime by 20%.

And Mr Sunak has pledged to cut VAT bills as part of his winter plan to tackle inflation and the cost-of-living crisis.

But Nigel appeared on Dan Wootton Tonight to criticise both candidates, claiming Conservative Party members would vote for him instead if offered the option.

Nigel Farage on Dan Wootton Tonight
Nigel Farage on Dan Wootton Tonight

He told GB News: "They know that among Conservative Party members, if this was an open primary and my name was in the hat, as it would be in America, both of these candidates would probably lose to me."

Nigel also criticised the legitimacy of both candidates in the race to become the next Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister.

Host Dan and Nigel joked about Rishi's attempts to imitate the former Brexit Party leader, even wearing a Barbour jacket.

Nigel said: "The idea that he pours a pint and talks to the lads in the pub, honestly.

"He is acting and saying what he needs to say to get elected rather than 'tell us who you really are, tell us what you're really about'."

On the foreign secretary, he said: "Liz Truss is asked, 'speak for 60 seconds, tell us why you should be the next Prime Minister'.

"She couldn't speak for 60 seconds without looking down and referring to her notes four or five times, and that tells you she doesn't really believe in much of what she's saying either."