The UK Independence party, which has historically put in a lacklustre performance in local elections, has been averaging 13% of the vote in the seats it contested – five points higher than a year ago – making 2012 a record year for Nigel Farage's Eurosceptics. Although it has so far failed to convert that share of the vote into a significant gain in seats, Ukip appears to have done more than enough to ruffle Tory feathers and put pressure on an already creaking coalition.
Gary Streeter, Conservative MP for Devon South West, lost no time in seizing on the defections as evidence of why David Cameron needs to reassert his party's traditional values. "We need to work out a strategy, certainly in the West Country, for dealing with the issue of traditional voters shuffling off and voting Ukip because they don't think our leadership is Conservative enough," he told the BBC. "The Ukip vote is not just about Europe," he added. "It's also about a hard core of traditional Conservative voters saying, actually we don't like the kind of small-l liberal decisions this government is beginning to take. It offends our values and we're going to protest and vote Ukip."TELEGRAPH:
The Eurosceptic party averaged about 14 per cent of the vote where its candidates were standing, mainly at the expense of the Conservatives.KUDOS TO FARAGE - BRITAIN'S WISEST POLITICIAN!
The result is likely to be seen as an ultimatum to the Prime Minister that his party is alienating right wing voters and will increase calls for the Coalition to hold an EU referendum.
BRITS WISELY WANT OUT OF THE EU AND CAMERON PROMISED A REFERENDUM.
PREDICTION: IF HE FAILS TO DELIVER ONE HE WILL FALL IN MONTHS.