Bullish Ukip swoops on Kent target

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Published: Saturday 11th October 2014 by The News Editor

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Ukip will seek to build on its stunning electoral victory by hitting the campaign trail today, in its push to secure a second Westminster seat and deliver another bloody nose to the Conservatives.

Nigel Farage and the party’s first elected MP Douglas Carswell will head to Rochester and Strood to capitalise on the by-election success as they rally support for Tory defector Mark Reckless.

The Conservatives and Labour were left reeling after the anti-Brussels party took Clacton with a handsome majority and came within an ace of winning in Heywood and Middleton.

Mr Farage has hinted that there are more defections in the pipeline, suggesting that they could come from the left as well as the right.

Conservative MP John Baron last night refused to rule out following his former Eurosceptic colleagues by jumping ship.

“You should never say never in politics but the bottom line is my very strong preference is to stay within the Conservative party,” told BBC 2’s Newsnight.

David Cameron is coming under increasing pressure from backbenchers to consider some form of electoral pact with Ukip at the general election next May.

Jacob Rees-Mogg told The TImes the impact Ukip had on Labour in the northern by-election, coming just 617 votes shy of scooping a seat in its heartlands, was encouraging.

He said: “We should think about what that means in terms of the Ukip-Conservative relationship because the Conservative family could win a majority on that basis.

“Otherwise, the only thing we manage is mutually assured destruction.”

Peter Bone told the newspaper: “In seats where it is difficult for us to win, maybe let Ukip run in that seat – being endorsed by the Conservatives.”

Mr Farage has claimed his “people’s army” could hold the balance of power in the next parliament, having made voting gains at the expense of the two main parties in the by-elections.

The Prime Minister said the general election would be “the most important in a generation” – warning that voters who switched support from the Tories to Ukip risked handing power to Labour.

Labour leader Ed Miliband acknowledged that his party needed to “reach out” to disaffected voters after seeing one of his northern strongholds almost fall to the Ukip surge – a result which threatened to reopen the issue of his leadership.

Tory defector Mr Carswell cruised to victory in the Essex constituency where he had stood down as MP to fight the seat as a Ukip candidate, securing a majority of 12,404.

In Heywood and Middleton, Liz McInnes just held on for Labour in a contest triggered by the death of former MP, Jim Dobbin. On a turnout of just 36%, she won with 11,633 votes, a 40.9% share, defeating Ukip’s John Bickley on 11,016, a 38.7% share.

Mr Farage has hinted that there are more defections in the pipeline, suggesting that they could come from Labour as well as the Conservatives.

Published: Saturday 11th October 2014 by The News Editor

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