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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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Ukip 'becoming the opposition party in north of England'

Nigel Farage has said Ukip is "becoming the opposition party" in northern England following the defection of Conservative candidate Mike Whitehead earlier today.

The Ukip leader denied Whitehead had been sacked by the Conservatives before he moved parties.

"He'd been having an argument in East Yorkshire with the Conservative Party," Farage said.

"I think when you boil it down what it really comes down to is this - in the north of England the Conservative Party are beginning to disappear the way they have in Scotland, and that Ukip is now becoming the opposition party in the north of England."

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