UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage has moved to exploit unrest within the Conservative Party with a rallying call for disaffected Tory voters to join his ranks.
Mr Farage has taken out a full-page advert in The Daily Telegraph urging those unsettled by David Cameron's policies or insulted by a senior Tory figure's alleged description of activists as "mad, swivel-eyed loons" to defect to his party.
David Cameron sent an email to members of his Conservative Party urging unity.
The Tory grandee Lord Howe has accused the Prime Minister of 'losing control' of his party as divisions over Europe come to the fore.
The Conservative Party has moved to head off a row with grassroots activists after a Tory ally reportedly described them as "loons".