Another Tory defection to UKIP ‘odds on’ before Christmas

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Another Tory defection to UKIP ‘odds on’ before Christmas
« on: November 17, 2014, 08:56:04 PM »

Another Tory defection to UKIP ‘odds on’ before Christmas

Monday 17 November 13:40

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With the Conservatives almost certain to lose the Rochester and Strood by-election to UKIP on Thursday, further misery could be in store for David Cameron — with bookies claiming that he should expect another defection from his own benches by Christmas.

Ladbrokes book on ‘any Further Tory MP to defect before Dec 25th’ gives the prospect as odds-on at 8/11, with Philip Hollobone the favourite to cross the floor at 2/1. UKIP are openly wooing the Kettering MP — and have even delayed announcing their own candidate.

Other prospects include:
•John Baron (3/1)
•Henry Smith (4/1)
•Mark Pritchard (6/1)
•Peter Bone (8/1)
•George Eustice (8/1)
•Gordon Henderson (10/1)

But there’s one (former) Conservative MP that UKIP’s top brass seem decidedly less keen on. With the selection meeting for their #2 target Boston and Skegness taking place last Thursday evening, Neil Hamilton mysteriously withdrew from the running at the last minute amid suggestions that his association with ‘cash for questions’ could hand the hot prospect back to the Tories.

Suspicions of a stitch up have only been heightened by the news that, despite knowing the outcome of the vote by local members, UKIP are refusing to announce the result. And having initially claimed that their candidate would be revealed today reports suggest we will now have to wait another week.

Yet more evidence that UKIP can’t organise a selection meeting … in a brewery.

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