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UKIP MEP defects to Tories

The MEP Marta Andreasen has defected from the UK Independence Party to the Conservatives, saying it was partly due to UKIP leader not deciding to stand in the upcoming Eastleigh by-election.

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UKIP MEP defects to the Conservatives

Marta Andreasen with UKIP leader Nigel Farage as she is elected an MPE in 2009 Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The UK Independence Party MEP Marta Andreasen has defected to the Conservatives.

She alleges that UKIP leader Nigel Farage "treats any views other than his own with contempt."

She adds: "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."

Ms Andreasen says she was convinced to switch to the Conservatives after David Cameron's "game changer" speech on Britain's relations with Europe, pledging an in-out referendum on the issue.

"I was also reassured by the financial deal that David Cameron got for Britain on the EU Budget", she added.

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