Cameron Under Pressure After MP’s Defection To UKIP

Posted on August 29, 2014

David Cameron was forced to interrupt a pre-referendum trip to Scotland on Thursday as the Conservative leadership scrambled to deal with the surprise defection of a hardline Eurosceptic MP to Ukip, triggering an early byelection.

A major operation by the Conservative whips, launched within minutes of the announcement by Douglas Carswell, ensured that fellow Eurosceptics echoed the prime minister in warning that future defections to Ukip would make an in/out EU referendum less likely by boosting Ed Miliband and Labour.

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