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Millionaire to do 'whatever it takes' to secure Ukip wins

Eurosceptic millionaire Paul Sykes, a former Conservative Party backer, is promising to bankroll Ukip's campaign. Credit: PA

One of Britain's wealthiest men has pledged to do "whatever it takes" to ensure Nigel Farage's UK Independence Party triumphs in next year's elections to the European Parliament.

Eurosceptic businessman Paul Sykes, a former Conservative Party backer, is promising to bankroll Ukip's campaign in an election in which it is already expected to do well.

"I believe we have one last chance to stop the gradual erosion of our national independence. And that chance comes with the European elections," he said in a statement.