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Farage: UKIP/Conservative deal 'unlikely'

The UKIP leader Nigel Farage has agreed that the party is picking up an "anti-politics" vote.

Speaking on the Today programme, he said his party's messages were resonating with people, and there was a revulsion at three other parties that look and sound the same.

He dubbed David Cameron a "con man" and said it was "unlikely" UKIP could do a deal with the Tories with Cameron in charge.

Only a third of UKIP's vote in the by election came from Conservative voters, he claimed.

He said: "The arithmetic does not say that the Conservatives failed because of UKIP. The Conservatives failed here because traditional Tory voters look at Cameron and they ask themselves is he he's a Conservative and they conclude decide no he's not."

Asked whether his party was attracting an anti politics vote he said: "I think in some senses we are."

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Friday 1 March 2013.

  • 01 Mar 2013
  • From the section UK