Nigel Farage has unveiled a new Reform UK leadership team, with a spokesperson saying the party aims to become the “only real opposition in British politics”.

Lee Anderson has been appointed Chief Whip, while Richard Tice has moved from the role of Chairman to become Deputy Leader, both in the Commons and in the party at large.


Meanwhile, Reform UK donor Zia Yusuf has been appointed Chairman.

The party won five MPs at the General Election, after securing just over four million votes.

Farage with his MPs

The party won five MPs at the General Election, after securing just over four million votes

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Speaking about the appointments, Farage said: “These appointments are the first step to ensure that Reform UK is fit and ready to take forward its positive message. I have no doubt that we will professionalise the party and change politics for good.”

Tice added: “As part of the rapid growth of Reform, as I enter Parliament, and become Deputy Leader, I am delighted to welcome entrepreneur Zia Yusuf as our Chairman.

“We plan to expand our operation and infrastructure at pace from here, and having someone of Zia’s experience and highly successful track record is fantastic news”

Yusuf said the latest move is “just the beginning”.

He said: “It is an honour to be appointed Chairman of Reform UK.

“Against all odds, under Nigel Farage’s leadership, our people’s movement won four million votes, elected five MPs with ninety-eight second places.

“This is just the beginning. The important work of professionalising the party, building national infrastructure and continuing to grow membership has already begun.

“I will bring all my expertise, energy and passion to the role to ensure we achieve our mission of returning Great Britain to greatness.”

In an interview with GB News earlier this week, Farage slammed the British voting system as “brutal”, warning the Labour Party that the “argument for electoral reform is going to become very strong.”

He said there is a “clear majority of the British public who now think the system doesn’t work”.

He noted that for every one Reform UK MP there are “800,000 votes behind them”, while for every Labour MP there are “fewer than 30,000”.