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Tory MP Michael Fabricant, David Cameron's election adviser, has admitted that no discussions have yet taken place with the UK Independence Party (UKIP) over a potential election pact.
He says that any agreement could not take place for "a good 24 months".
UKIP leader Nigel Farage has poured cold water on Michael Fabricant's plan for a pact at the next general election.
Senior Tory MP Michael Fabricant will today 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.
Fabricant, the Prime Minister’s election adviser, formulated the plan after his analysis suggested up to 15 per cent of Conservative voters may vote for UKIP.
The proposal would mean UKIP would agree not to field candidates against Conservative MPs in exchange for an in/out European Union referendum early in the next Parliament, and a prominent role for Farage.
Fabricant will say that the deal – which could help the Tories win 20 to 40 extra seats at the next elections in 2015 - is vital to reunite 'warring brothers'.
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The PM and UKIP leader Nigel Farage have dismissed a suggestion by a Tory vice chairman that the two parties should make an election pact.