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Nigel Farage wasted no time in attacking the new British government. In his inaugural speech, he sharply criticized a “little man” in the Labour Party and was met with laughter, boos and jeers.

Former High Commissioner to the UK George Brandis says Reform UK Party leader Nigel Farage “ran Conservative voters across the board” in the British election. “Farage is a brand, the party was a vehicle for him, but Farage is his own political brand,” Mr Brandis said. “The big impact Nigel Farage has had on the British election … is that he ran Conservative voters across the board.”

Parliament met for the first time since the general election. Sir Kier Starmer was sworn in as Prime Minister and Rishi Sunak took his seat as Leader of the Opposition.

But it was the Reform leader who provoked the fiercest reaction when he promised that his “new bloc” would judge the House of Commons while the world looked ahead to the impending “treasuries”.

Mr Farage then praised the current Speaker of the House, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, for bringing “dignity” to the office after a decade in office under John Bercow, who was suspended from the Labour Party following reports of bullying.

“I must say, it is a marked contrast to the little man who came before you,” Mr Farage began to grumble, amused. “And who has so terribly besmirched the office,” he continued, to increasingly loud boos and jeers, “by doing his very best to overturn the greatest democratic result in the history of the country.”

The room groaned as Mr Farage finished his rebuke of the former speaker, who was widely accused of anti-Brexit bias in his final years in office.

Hundreds of new MPs crowded into the House of Commons to hear Kier Starmer’s first speech since being sworn in as Prime Minister.

Mr Starmer vowed to “put an end to a politics that too often seemed self-serving and self-centred”.

“We all have a duty to show that politics can be a force for good,” he added.

Rishi Sunak, who has been sworn in as opposition leader until the Tories elect a new leader, said whatever differences of opinion there might be in Parliament, they were all motivated to serve their country.

Nigel Farage reacts after his victory in the Clacton and Harwich constituency. Image: Getty Images

Former Speaker of the House John Bercow was sharply criticised by Farage for his anti-Brexit bias. Image: AFP

“In our politics we can argue fiercely, as the Prime Minister and I have done over the last six weeks, but still respect each other,” Sunak said.

“He and his family deserve the well wishes of all of us as he undertakes this tremendous task.”

All 650 MPs, including 335 new MPs, were sworn into Parliament with an oath of loyalty to the British monarchy.

Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was caught shouting into a hot microphone before being sworn in as an independent MP: “This is all utter nonsense, isn’t it?”

The new session of Parliament will officially begin after Mr Starmer’s government set out its priorities for the legislature in the King’s Speech on Wednesday 17 July.