The MEP Marta Andreasen, who has defected from the UK Independence Party to the Conservatives, has said "it's not a decision I took lightly."
I joined UKIP because I thought the party could make a difference.
UKIP has good people in it at grassroots that care about the future of the United Kingdom and our place in a re-negotiated relationship with Europe.
Unfortunately, their party leader treats any views other than his own with contempt.
UKIP is his plaything to mould and shape in any way he sees fit, regardless of the views of others, myself included.
His actions, surrounding himself with an old boys club of like minded sycophants, are dictatorial in sharp contrast to those of David Cameron, who has shown he can listen, adapt and do what is right for the country, not just for personal gain.
Essentially, I do not see the party being led to achieve presence in Westminster which is the place where decisions can be made to stop the EU juggernaut.
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