Tory chairman Grant Shapps has resisted pressure from Eurosceptic Conservative MPs to form a pact with Ukip at the 2015 general election.
We are not going to have a pact or joint candidates or what have you. It can't happen anyway, it can't happen on a technical basis because we do not allow joint candidates to stand.
We are the Conservative Party, we are the best chance of offering an in/out referendum, the only chance of having an in/out referendum.
You need 326 MPs to pass an act to get that referendum. Currently Ukip have zero.
UKIP's successes in the local elections have raised the possibility of them winning a Westminster seat at the general election.
A year ahead of the general election, Ed Miliband's party is seeing only patchy support in areas it should expect to gain ground.
UKIP are likely to make Rotherham a key target for 2015 after a storming result in the local elections.