Live updates

Farage hints another Tory MP could defect to Ukip

Nigel Farage has hinted there is still a chance that another Conservative MP could defect to Ukip before the General Election.

Asked in an interview with the Sunday Telegraph (£) whether he was in discussions with any Tory MPs, Farage said: "The last time I spoke about this I said I would be surprised if there were not more.

Ukip leader Nigel Farage. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

"There is one conversation we are still having. But do you know what - it is not very relevant now. Last year it was a big deal."

Unlike Douglas Carswell and Mark Reckless - who both triggered and won by-elections - a Tory jumping ship now would be likely to hold on to their seat until the General Election in May.

Advertisement

Farage claims parties fear Ukip will be 'Kingmaker'

Both Labour and the Conservative parties "fear" Ukip, leader Nigel Farage claims.

Mr Farage said they feared that general election will return a hung parliament leaving his party with the balance of power.

Nigel Farage. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Farage, writing in the Daily Telegraph, outlined Ukip's major policy areas ahead of his first major speech of the campaign in Essex today.

He reiterated his claim that the party would not enter "any coalition deals with the establishment parties" and said the campaign had been "incredibly dull so far".

No-one will have a majority after this election. They all know it. But the thing they fear most is a sizeable number of Ukip MPs holding them to account for you.

When we say we believe in Britain, we believe in the whole of Britain. We are the only party with representation in all four corners of the UK.

– Nigel Farage

Farage abandons Ukip event in Rotherham after protests

Ukip leader Nigel Farage was forced to withdraw from a public event in Rotherham today after crowds of protesters gathered outside the party's new office.

Despite the demonstrations, Mr Farage said Rotherham was a "key national target" for the party in May's General Election.

The party said the timing of the visit, just two days after a damning report into the Rotherham abuse scandal , was purely coincidental.

ITV News Correspondent Damon Green reports

Breastfeeding mums among protesters outside Ukip office

Breastfeeding mothers are among the anti-Ukip demonstrators gathered outside the party's campaign office in Rotherham.

Breastfeeding mothers are among the protesters gathered outside Ukip's office.

Ukip leader Nigel Farage came under fire in December after he said that mothers breastfeeding their babies should "perhaps sit in the corner".

Advertisement

Farage denies exploiting Rotherham abuse scandal

Nigel Farage denied he has been exploiting the Rotherham abuse scandal for political gain after he was forced to cancel an appearance in the city due to crowds of protesters.

Farage said Ukip was "the one party that's warned consistently against division within society and multiculturalism".

Ukip leader Nigel Farage pictured inside the Rotherham office. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

"We want interculturalism. We've got different religions and faiths but we have to mix together and we have to live under one law," he continued.

"So I think to accuse us of exploiting it is not fair. We have warned for years that things have been going wrong with increasing divisions within society."

Farage event pulled in Rotherham after anti-Ukip protests

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has abandoned a public appearance in Rotherham after crowds of protesters gathered outside his party's local office.

Crowds of protesters gathered outside Ukip's campaign office in Rotherhm. Credit: ITV News/Paul Brand

Farage was due to cut the ribbon on the campaign office of Ukip's general election candidate Jane Collins, but his team said he was not coming out on police advice.

  1. Calendar

Media scrum hits 'fever pitch' as anti-Ukip campaigners challenge Farage

Load more updates