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Michael Gove rules out Conservative deal with Ukip

Chief Whip Michael Gove has ruled out any post-election deal with Ukip. Credit: Anthony Devlin / PA Wire/PA Images

Senior Conservative Michael Gove has ruled out a deal with Nigel Farage's Ukip party if the Tories fails to win an outright majority in the general election.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph Mr Gove said: "I don't want to say anything disobliging about Nigel Farage or about people in Ukip, but I've got no appetite, interest or inclination towards doing a deal with anyone."

When pressed specifically on whether his party could make agreements with Ukip on a vote-by-vote basis, Mr Gove insisted: "No, no, no. There won't be. Firstly, I don't think there will be many Ukip MPs - if any - after the election...But we're not going into talks with them, no.

He added: "I'll be perfectly civil with any member of Parliament from any party after the next General Election and if they want to vote for Conservative policies, then great. But we're not going to get into bed with them, no."

Gove compares Labour's fiscal policy to Kim Kardashian

Michael Gove has compared Labour's pledge of fiscal responsibility to Kim Kardashian's dedication to modesty.

Ed Miliband's fiscal policy has been compared to reality TV star Kim Kardashian. Credit: PA Wire

"They [Labour] are no more the party of fiscal responsibility than Kim Kardashian is a poster girl for modesty," the Tory chief whip told Channel 5 News.

"Over the course of the last five years, every time that we have cut expenditure they have opposed it. So this late and, to my mind, unconvincing conversion to fiscal responsibility isn't fooling anyone."

Mr Gove made the bizarre comparison as he was speaking about the Conservative election manifesto, which was unveiled today.

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