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PM warned against copying UKIP

Ministers have warned David Cameron to resist a "lurch to the right" after the Conservatives finished third behind UKIP in the Eastleigh by-election. The PM also faces pressure over departmental spending ahead of this month's Budget.

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Clarke: 'Lurch to right is most certain way to lose election'

The former Conservative Cabinet minister Ken Clarke has warned David Cameron that any attempt to imitate UKIP will "drive moderate people to stick with the Liberal Democrats", adding: "I can't think of a more certain way to lose the general election than to go for a lurch to the right."

The now Minister Without Portfolio went on to say that talk of the Human Rights Act being scrapped was not something he recognised as government policy, or "any policy likely to be adopted by a Conservative Party that I can recognise."

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