Poll ‘most important in 30 years’

Published: Friday 17th October 2014 by The News Editor

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Nigel Farage has said the forthcoming poll in Rochester and Strood is “the most important by-election for 30 years”.

The Ukip leader was speaking on a visit to Kent constituency, where voters will go to the polls next month after the defection from the Conservatives of MP Mark Reckless.

Mr Farage said: “This is a very serious, important by-election.

“I think it’s the most important by-election in British politics in over 30 years.

“The result of this matters a lot and that’s why the Prime Minister was saying things yesterday we haven’t heard him say in the nine years he has led the Conservative Party.”

Mr Farage spoke as he joined Mr Reckless on the campaign trail ahead of the election on November 20.

The by-election comes hot on the heels of Ukip’s spectacular victory in Clacton on October 9, when Douglas Carswell became the party’s first elected MP after defecting from Tories and standing down to fight the seat for the eurosceptic party.

Serial rebel Reckless sent shockwaves through the Conservative Party’s annual conference when he followed Carswell in switching to Ukip and resigning his seat on September 27 to force a by-election.

David Cameron has signalled his determination to halt the Ukip bandwagon at Rochester and has ordered all Tory MPs to make at least three campaign visits to the Kent constituency – and Cabinet ministers at least five.

The Prime Minister made his first campaign visit yesterday, addressing a town hall meeting in Strood.

In a clear pitch for eurosceptic voters who might be tempted to join Farage’s “people’s army”, Mr Cameron insisted that only he could deliver an in/out referendum on Britain’s EU membership after having “one last go” at negotiating a better deal for the UK.

Published: Friday 17th October 2014 by The News Editor

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