UKIP MEP Defects to the Conservative Party
A UKIP MEP and former deputy leader of the party has today announced that he has decided to turn his back on the party and join the Conservatives in the European Parliament. David Campbell-Bannerman (left) who represents the East of England region stood for the UKIP leadership last year and came third. Campbell-Bannerman left the Conservative party in 2004 before David Cameron was elected leader and in his announcement today he heaped praise on Cameron. He said, “I have been pleased with the robust stance taken by David Cameron and Conservative MEPs over the EU Budget negotiations and I believe that it is Conservative MEPs who are working hard to defend Britain’s interests.”
This is a serious blow for UKIP after their leader Nigel Farage failed to make any impression on the local elections earlier this month and he was criticised by another MEP Martha Andreasen who called for him to stand down. UKIP have a poor track record of retaining their MEPs, with three having ceased to sit as UKIP MEPs in the last Parliament and I understand that insiders expect at least one more UKIP MEP to defect in the near future.