In theory, the Tories would have comfortably won the Brecon by-election if they were in a pact with the Brexit Party
He compared watching his ally’s ‘pretty brisk style’ to being a child watching daleks on Doctor Who.
Mr Farage said: ‘I thought, ‘Dear, oh dear, oh dear’. You realise, 48 hours on, it was genius because what’s happened is the Democrats gather round the Squad, which allows him to say, ‘Oh look, the Squad are the centre of the Democratic Party’.
‘He’s remarkably good at what he does.
‘He does things his way. But he is a remarkably effective operator.’
The interview comes as senior Tories warned yesterday that an election showdown with Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party would be a ‘massive own goal’ – after Boris Johnson suffered a shattering defeat at the hands of the ‘Remainer alliance’.
The PM’s honeymoon came to a crashing halt after the Lib Dems triumphed in Brecon & Radnorshire, slashing his Commons majority to just one.
Jane Dodds overcame a Conservative majority of 8,000 to take the Welsh seat by 1,400 votes.
Tory ex-MP Chris Davies, who stood again despite his conviction for expenses fraud having triggered the contest, held on to second.
But Conservative chairman James Cleverly complained that the Lib Dems only won due to a ‘dirty deal’ with the Greens and Plaid Cymru, which saw the pro-EU rivals stand aside to give Ms Dodds a clear run.
In contrast, the Brexit Party did field a candidate. Mr Cleverly pointed out that that although they only received 10 per cent of the vote, combined with the Tories it would have been more than enough to have delivered victory.
Prominent Eurosceptic MP Steve Baker today pleaded with Mr Farage not to split the Brexit vote by fielding candidates in vulnerable seats.
‘It is becoming obvious to all now that the Brexit Party standing against the Conservative Party would produce a massive own goal,’ he said.
There is a huge degree of uncertainty about how a pact would function, and what kind of results it would produce at an election.
But as an indication, an Ipsos MORI poll found this week that the combined vote share of the Tories and Brexit Party was 43 per cent.
With Labour on 24 per cent and the Lib Dems on 20 per cent, the Electoral Calculus website suggests a Brexit alliance would have an enormous 268 majority in the House of Commons.
Mr Johnson has flatly dismissed the idea of a pact – but one MP told MailOnline today: ‘He is going to say that, isn’t he?’
WHO IS GEORGE COTTRELL?
George Cottrell, 25, spent eight months in jail for offering to launder money for drug traffickers
Toff’s boyfriend-of-five months is a 25-year-old millionaire who is known by Farage’s inner circle as ‘Posh George’.
Cottrell studied at the exclusive £40,000 a year Malvern College which was bankrolled by his family, who are said to be worth £300million.
He is the nephew of Lord Hesketh, a hereditary peer and former Conservative Party treasurer who defected to UKIP in 2011.
Cottrell’s mother, Fiona, is the daughter of Lord Manton, a wealthy Yorkshire farmer and landowner who died in 2003.
She once dated Prince Charles and was the Penthouse ‘pet of the month’ in October 1973, under the pseudonym Frances Cannon, describing herself as ‘daughter of a landowner’.
His wealthy businessman father Mark attended Gordonstoun with Prince Andrew.
After leaving school early and not going on to university, Cottrell entered into a career in private banking where he became known for having a canny eye for making money on stock markets and currency trading.
He shot to prominence during the Brexit campaign, working for Farage for free and becoming a trusted member of his inner circle.
He shot to prominence during the Brexit campaign, working for Farage for free and becoming part of his trusted inner circle where he’s known as ‘Posh George’
He is the nephew of Lord Hesketh, a hereditary peer and former Conservative Party treasurer who defected to UKIP in 2011
Cottrell was spectacularly arrested and led away in handcuffs by IRS agents in July 2016 while with Farage, who maintained afterwards that he did not know about his background, at Chicago’s O’Hare airport.
They were returning to London after attending the Republican National Convention where they also met with Donald Trump’s aides, just three weeks after the Brexit vote.
He spent eight months in a US jail after being caught on the ‘dark web’, offering to launder the money through his offshore accounts to what he thought was a gang of drug traffickers.
They were actually IRS agents carrying out an undercover operation.
Before his arrest, Cottrell ran Farage’s private office, handled all media enquiries for the former UKIP leader and was also one of his closest aides, playing a key role in the Brexit campaign.
Court documents at the time of his arrest in America show that Cottrell exchanged messages from London with IRS agents masquerading as drug dealers in Phoenix through an encrypted platform called Cryptocat.
The 25-year-old has been dating Toff (pictured together in April) for five months
They said that they wanted to launder around £40,000 to £120,000 in drug money each month.
The documents stated that Cottrell, using the alias Bill, told the agents that he could do this for them anonymously via his offshore accounts and met with what he thought was drug dealers in Las Vegas in 2014.
Cottrell then told the undercover agents to send £15,500 to an associate in Colorado who would move the money into his bank accounts before transferring it back to them.
The court indictment claimed that Cottrell intended to pocket the money.
About a week later, Cottrell threatened to report the money laundering and drug trafficking to authorities unless the agents agreed to pay him 130 bitcoin, at the time worth £62,000.
Cottrell said in his plea agreement during his March 2017 hearing that he ‘explained various ways criminal proceeds could be laundered,’ including ways to transfer large amounts of cash out of the United States to avoid reporting requirements and disguising proceeds from criminal activity as legitimate business income for tax purposes.
The court documents also claimed that Cottrell had a ‘serious, years-long gambling problem, which inherently suggests a strong possibility of irrational risk taking’.
However, his lawyers say 20 of the 21 charges in the original indictment were dropped.
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