Tory MP calls for UKIP pact

Senior Tory MP Michael Fabricant is set to call on David Cameron to make an election pact with the UK Independence Party (UKIP) and offer its leader Nigel Farage a job in Government.

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UKIP treasurer: 8 Tory MPs in preliminary defection talks

UKIP treasurer Stuart Wheeler donated £5 million to the Conservatives during the 2001 election campaign Credit: PA

Eight Conservative MPs have held preliminary talks about defecting to UKIP, the party's treasurer has claimed.

Stuart Wheeler has told The Daily Telegraph: “I have had lunch secretly if you like, in a completely confidential way, with eight different Tory MPs.”

Mr Wheeler, who was expelled from the Conservatives in 2009 after donating £100,000 to UKIP, has said he has passed their details onto the party's leader Nigel Farage.

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61% of Tory supporters want Britain to leave the EU

A new poll suggests that 61% of Conservative supporters want Britain to leave the European Union provided it could maintain its close trading links.

The survey, carried by ComRes for The Independent, appears to show that 54% of voters feel the same way.

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Farage: UKIP will not 'pack up its tents and go home'

Nigel Farage has insisted that the UK Independence Party would not be "bought off" by the offer of a position in government.

Speaking on Sky News, he rejected a call by Tory MP Michael Fabricant for the Conservatives and UKIP to form an election pact.

The UKIP leader said:

There is a problem, Michael Fabricant thinks we can be bought off with me being offered a post in government and then UKIP then packing up their tents and going home, well that is not going to happen.

We are a different political party with a full manifesto.

Conservatives: Fabricant does not speak for the party

The Conservative Party has spoken out against Michael Fabricant's call for an election pact between the Tories and the UK Independence Party (UKIP).

Michael Fabricant does a great job campaigning in by-elections but he doesn't speak for the party on this issue.

The safest way to protect Britain's interest in Europe is to vote Conservative.

That's why we'll have Conservative candidates in every seat at the next election.

– Conservative Party spokesman

Downing Street talks down UKIP election pact plan

Michael Fabricant's call for an election pact between the Conservatives and the UK Independence Party (UKIP) looks destined for failure after Downing Street distanced itself from the idea.

A number 10 source said this morning that Fabricant, David Cameron's election adviser, does not speak for the party on strategy.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has also poured cold water on the plan, tweeting: "The Fabricant deal seems to be based on buying me off. UKIP is bigger than that."

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