Ukip regains momentum
PEOPLE in Clacton yesterday were hugely supportive of Douglas Carswell following his decision to change allegiance from the Conservatives to Ukip. And there are suspicions that other MPs could follow his lead and join Nigel Farage’s party.
After their astonishing success in the European elections the worry for Ukip was that they would be unable to continue their momentum by winning seats in Westminster. It is likely that Mr Carswell will become their first elected MP after the by-election in Clacton. And there are several other constituencies in which Ukip candidates – including Mr Farage who is standing for South Thanet in Kent – have a strong chance of winning in the general election.
The fact of the matter is that many voters like Ukip’s message. They are rightly sick of Brussels meddling in our lives, the damage caused by rampant immigration and the careerists who dominate the front benches in Westminster. Both Labour and the Conservatives will lose significant numbers of voters to Ukip if they fail to take these concerns seriously.