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Farage: Defection to Ukip 'a hammer blow' to the Tories

Nigel Farage has described the defection of Conservative candidate Mike Whitehead to Ukip as "another hammer blow to Tory pretensions in the north of England".

However, a Conservative Party spokesman dismissed Ukip's announcement as "cynical, misleading and utterly calculating to try and score political points".

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Nigel Farage tweet about Tory 'defector' was 'misleading'

David Davis has accused Nigel Farage of making a misleading statement over the 'defection' of Conservative Mike Whitehead to Ukip.

Former Conservative leadership contender Davis said: "Given that Nigel Farage claims to be more straightforward than most conventional politicians, his tweet that he had "Just spoken to Tory Parliamentary candidate for Hull West and Hessle who has now left the Conservatives and joined UKIP" is at best disingenuous, and at worst the sort of misleading statement that he is always accusing others of making.

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