The Conservative Party has spoken out against Michael Fabricant's call for an election pact between the Tories and the UK Independence Party (UKIP).
– Conservative Party spokesman
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.
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."
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".
This is a discussion document only; I have had no discussions whatsoever with UKIP, but have based the pact on what Nigel Farage has said in his speech at the UKIP Conference this year.
My paper proposes a line of policy (the in-out referendum) and a possible pact with UKIP before the general election.
Clearly, this will be a decision for the Prime Minister to whom I will be submitting the document.
Nothing could happen in any event 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.
The Fabricant deal seems to be based on buying me off. UKIP is bigger than that.From @Nigel_Farage on Twitter:
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'.