|Former Conservative Parliamentary candidate Mike Whitehead tearing |
up his old party's election literature.
Conservative MP candidate defects to UKIP
- The open borders "Conservative" Party in Britain is frightened to death of the anti-immigration UK Independence Party. UKIP shows "Conservatives" for what they really are - tools of big business wanting to flood the market with cheap labor.
- Meanwhile back in the USA, the open borders GOP has no fear of voters concerned about jobs and immigration because there is a two-party monopoly. No matter which party wins in U.S. elections an open borders party wins.
(Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron tried on Monday to heal a split on the right of British politics that threatens his re-election, urging voters defecting for the anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) to "come back home".
Speaking after one of his election candidates announced he was switching to UKIP ahead of a May 7 election, Cameron appealed to Conservative voters who had done the same to return to the fold.
"We've heard the message loud and clear about the things you want changed and we'll change those things," Cameron told an audience in Bristol. "But on the key choice about who has got the right team ... come with us, come back home."
UKIP took first place in European elections in Britain and poached two of Cameron's MPs last year.
|Standing for Secure Borders|
Mike Whitehead with his new UKIP supporters.
Many political parties on their ballot for voters to select
from. Maybe we should try election freedom in America.
Cameron was speaking after Mike Whitehead, until last week the Conservative candidate for the seat of Hull West in northern England, said he was switching to UKIP after a power struggle with local Conservatives.
His defection was a morale boost for UKIP, whose support in some opinion polls has dipped after a series of racism and sexism scandals.
UKIP, which wants a British withdrawal from the EU and lower immigration, hailed the switch as a "hammer blow" to the Conservatives, who said they had sacked Whitehead last week over an internal party disagreement.
The defection is unlikely to cause a political upset, however, as the area is comfortably held by Labour.
Seeking to cast itself as a challenger to Cameron's party in southern England and to Labour in northern England, UKIP said Whitehead's defection proved its strategy was working.
"His move to UKIP just underlines that today, the real party of opposition to Labour in the North is UKIP," said Nigel Farage, UKIP's leader.
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|Mike Hookem MEP, left, with Sergi Singh, the Hull North candidate for UKIP at their headquarters in Newport. Picture: Simon Renilson|