Dorries warns fellow Conservatives over UKIP 'threat'

Conservative MP Nadine Dorries, who was suspended from her party whip after taking part in I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, has warned her colleagues to take UKIP seriously following its strong overnight by-election results.

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To diminish power and threat from UKIP is foolish. UKIP are the new Lib Dems and will lose us many Tory seats unless we pledge an in/out ref

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UKIP hails election surge

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has hailed an election surge that saw the party take second place in two by-elections. Labour secured a clean sweep of poll victories in Rotherham, Middlesbrough and Croydon North.