News from Grassroots conservatives
11 Oct 2014
Mr Farage told the BBC on Friday morning that the results showed Ukip was now in a position where “we have got a chance in the general election next May . . . to hold the balance of power”, which he said would be enough to force a referendum on whether or not to stay in the EU.
Grant Shapps, chairman of the Conservatives, described the result in Clacton as “a wake-up call” but rejected any notion of sharing power with Ukip after the next general election. He said a vote for Ukip would hand Labour the next election so a “pact or coalition” would not even become an issue.
The latest YouGov poll for The Sun newspaper on Friday gives Labour a five-point lead over the Conservatives in contrast to several polls that had the Tories in the lead after a downbeat Labour party conference.