Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has called on the Tories to stand aside in Labour-held seats to try to get more pro-Brexit MPs elected.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast, Mr Farage said: "I've just gifted the Conservative Party nearly two dozen seats and I did it because I believe in Leave.

"Now if they believed in Leave what they would do is stand aside in some seats in Labour areas where the Conservative Party has not won for 100 years and will never win.

"I think what you're seeing from this reaction is for the Conservative Party it is about them as a party, not about delivering Brexit."

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Mr Farage was reacting to calls for the Brexit Party to stand down its candidates in Tory/Labour marginals, after his announcement on Monday that it would not stand in seats won by the Conservatives at the 2017 general election.

Mr Farage said Brexit Party MPs need to be elected to hold the Prime Minister to account on Brexit.
He added: "What we now need to do is to get Brexit Party MPs in Parliament to hold him (Boris Johnson) to account.

"Because too often over the years, recent years, the Conservatives have made promises and then back-tracked on them. So that's our plan, we need to win some of those Labour seats."

Asked if he has had any communication with US President Donald Trump about the so-called Leave Alliance, Mr Farage said: "How many times do I have to tell you, I haven't spoken to him since he was on LBC with me a few weeks ago and he has no influence over my decision at all.

"My decision is made, number one, to stop a second referendum, to prevent Liberal Democrats winning seats in the South and the South West and number two because Boris Johnson has indicated we're now going for a free-trade deal, not political linkage."

Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner said Labour would scrap university tuition fees "no ifs, no buts" and crackdown on high pay among those running the institutions.

She told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "If Labour gets into power on December 13, we will abolish tuition fees, no ifs, no buts.

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"Students at the moment are leaving university with £57,000 worth of debt, that is not sustainable.

"Our country needs those skills for the future and Labour will reverse that trend and ensure that we have the skills for the future through adult education as well as university education."

On vice-chancellor pay, she said: "I absolutely agree that vice-chancellors might not like what I'm saying because I'm saying that vice-chancellors are paid too much and are unaccountable for that pay, and I'll crack down on that."

She added: "Universities will be funded to the same level that they're funded currently; in fact, if anything, we'll be investing more in our National Education Service."