Michael Gove: Message from electorate 'loud and clear'

Education Secretary Michael Gove has said that the message coming from the electorate and the numbers of people voting for Ukip is "loud and clear".

The Tory minister said: "A number of people have voted for Ukip in order to send a very clear message.

"They want to make sure that Government delivers on the policies of controlling immigration, making sure that we reform our welfare state, making sure that we get a proper referendum in Europe. The instructions from the electorate are loud and clear."

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