No wonder Rishi Sunak wanted to conscript the young. A recent JLP poll has shown that, among 16 to 17-year-olds that Reform UK is more popular than the Tories. With 23% support, Reform came in behind Labour at 39%, with the Greens on 18%. The Tories, meanwhile, are on a measly 5%.

 The really shocking stats, however, arise along the gender divide. For males, Reform and Labour are joint top on 35% while the Conservative Party does slightly better than it previously did on 11%.

For females, the Tories are on a deadly 0%. Although much has been written about the political divide between the sexes with young women being more Left-wing and young men on the Right, Reform is still at 12% among the female cohort.

The stats say extending the franchise to 16-year-olds would add 1.5 million people to the electorate. Anyone willing to do the maths to see how many extra fans Farage would have?