UKIP to Contest Senior Tory Seats in 2015 General Election
THE GUARDIAN – UKIP has announced plans to target the seats of senior Tories in the 2015 general election, as a poll suggested that the vast majority of the four million people who voted for the party in the European elections would do the same next year.
Nigel Farage’s party has said it will stand candidates in all six seats in Worcestershire, one of whom would challenge the new culture minister, Sajid Javid, and the government’s assistant whip, Harriet Baldwin.
The news suggests that following their recent success in the polls, UKIP intends to ramp up the pressure on the Tories.
A ComRes poll commissioned by UKIP’s main financial backer, Paul Sykes, suggested that 86% of the 4.3 million people who gave the party its first national victory in the European elections, would vote for it again in the general election.
ComRes also found that nearly half of those who voted for UKIP in the European election had supported the Tories at the last general election in 2010. Fifteen percent had been Labour voters in 2010, and 16% Liberal Democrat voters.
In an article in the Telegraph as the results of his poll were released, Sykes said: “Conservative MPs, with a few honourable exceptions, appear to be in denial about the scale of the popular uprising against our current rulers. This is despite their party finishing third in the elections.
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