Ex-Conservative Victoria Ayling says more to join UKIP

Victoria Ayling Victoria Ayling claims more Tories will join UKIP

A former Conservative general election candidate claims many Tories are preparing to follow her lead and defect to the UK Independence Party.

Victoria Ayling said she had lost confidence in David Cameron and believed the government was not doing enough to tackle immigration.

Mrs Ayling is councillor with East Lindsey District Council in Lincolnshire.

In an interview with the Sunday Politics in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, Victoria Ayling said: "David Cameron claims to have reduced immigration in real terms, which is untrue, when 29m Romanians and Bulgarians can come to this country from January."

Victoria Ayling was seen by some as a rising star of the Conservative Party.

In 2010 she came close to causing a general election upset when she reduced Labour MP Austin Mitchell's majority in Great Grimsby to just 714 votes.

Austin Mitchell, who is a critic of the EU, said: "I've got a lot in common with UKIP and Victoria, you consider my views on Europe. But I don't think UKIP will have enough impact to break the two party system."

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Threatening to defect

Victoria Ayling claims she was brushed aside by an angry David Cameron when she told him personally of her decision to leave the Conservatives at the party's recent spring forum in Central London.

Mrs Ayling also claims she has been contacted by a number of Tories who are considering jumping ship to UKIP.

She said: "I've had councillors 'phoning me up, offering support and threatening to defect. I will not name names, but they will announce it in their own time."

Lincolnshire Conservatives say they're sorry that Victoria Ayling has decided to leave the party, but a spokesmen said they were 'relaxed' about her decision to defect to UKIP.

The scene is now set for a bitter fight in many areas between the Tories and UKIP in the run-up to local elections on 2 May.

Tim Iredale Article written by Tim Iredale Tim Iredale Political editor, Yorkshire & Lincolnshire

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    Comment number 31.

    This kind of talk could, one day, lead to mass expulsions, it’s happened before & it could happen again.

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    Comment number 30.

    Well done that lady. I wish you well.

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    Comment number 29.

    The Con/Lab/Lib politicians have lost the trust of the electorate and only because they now see UKIP as a serious threat are they starting to make the right noises. If re-elected both Conservative and Labour politicians will soon revert to their old ways. UKIP may have plenty of faults but a growing number of people are prepared to give them a chance and other politicians a wake up call.

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    Comment number 28.

    The point is not if immigration is good or bad or whether migrants work or not. The stupidity is to have millions on the dole claiming benefits and then bringing in low skilled staff from abroad. If people want to live here they should work if there is work availible, immigrants or British. Migrants pay taxes but we still have to provide, schools, health, housing etc., for those on benefits.

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    Comment number 27.

    Current statistics show that the vast majority of EU citizens in the UK are here to work, they contribute much more than they take out & create minimal demand on the NHS. Counter this with our own benefit dependence culture, the reluctance of swathes of our young who are too proud & idle to do the work that the young immigrants do with rigour & enthusiasm. The current posturing is just that.

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    Comment number 26.

    Big push from the BBC today with the immigration is good for us line.
    Oddly only net immigration can be mentioned now. Presumably because it makes the numbers look smaller
    And the usual stuff about the contribution foreign health workers make; ignoring the shame we should feel for poaching trained people from nations in more need.
    Quite why DC should pick the benefits line is a mystery.

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    Comment number 25.

    9. AWilson32

    "For Christ sake - 29m Bulgarians and Romanians will NOT be flooding the UK..... any more than 80 million Germans or 65 million French people will"

    The Germans and French would be mad to move here - they are much better off at home! Can't say that for the majority of Bulgarians or Romanians, however. Not that I believe there will be mass migration to the UK from either country.

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    Comment number 24.

    UKIP are led by a ex City millionaire and backed by amongst others people who made their money on gambling. How does that make them different?

    They are getting an easy press so far but they will eventually be exposed as the group of people Cameron described them as. Ask them for their policies on the NHS, re-balancing the economy etc. before deciding if they are worth voting for

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    Comment number 23.

    I realise UKIP supporters aren't keen on reality but figures released today show EU migration has a net positive effect on the UK deficit. This means that contrary to the stereotype from UKIP and the Daily Mail the typical EU immigrant contributes to our society more than they take out.

    In other words get rid of EU migrants and the deficit goes up! I await a chorus of disapproval to the facts

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    Comment number 22.

    There may yet be a good chance for the UKIP in England. In Scotland its a completely different story. The chances are they will have voted for Independence on 18 Sept 2014 next year and will already have left the cesspit in Westmister.......... before the 2015 Election has even started.

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    Comment number 21.

    'The reality is that a bunch of millionares are in charge who have never had to do a hard days work in there lives'. UKIP are no different.

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    Comment number 20.

    UKIP are finally being taken seriously by a europhile establishment. Please can we move from personalities to facts and informed debate. The more informed the electorate is the more chance there is they will see through any disinformaton from politicians. You cannot deny this whether you favour EU membership or not.

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    Comment number 19.

    Whether UKIP will be a credible government is yet to be proven. But they certainly address the British peoples concern over the burning issue of EU membership & immigration.
    The main 3 parties ignored this for far to long and will get a bloody nose as a result.
    As more MP’s defect to UKIP, I’m sure they will become stronger & more plausible.

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    Comment number 18.

    I hope this is true. The reality is that a bunch of millionares are in charge who have never had to do a hard days work in there lives. No matter what there colour there all the same. If UKIP can shake them up a bit then thats OK by me. The current bunch make me sick just who do they work for? Not the british people thats for sure.

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    Comment number 17.

    UKIP is just a small party at the moment but it is the only one for me as once again,they are the only ones who have Britain and the British peoples interests at heart,the three main parties could not give a toss for the ordinary people in this country.£53 mill a day to EU plus unlimited immigration is wrong

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    Comment number 16.

    I have voted for the Labour party all my life, I am 86 years old, but now I am seriously thinking of the UKIP. they appear to know what they are doing, and doing it for Britain.

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    Comment number 15.

    In response to UKIP, funny to see Dave, Nick, & Miliband going on stage with their anti-immigration act. Even if their hearts aren't in it.
    All puppet shows end the same way though, and a quick jerk on the strings by the eu will bring them back to the script.
    Or replaced with another act.

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    Comment number 14.

    The idea given in a few of the comments that UKIP is the party which does not have its snout in the trough is interesting. Research and read on UKIP MEP's expenses. £Millions in expenses, 2nd pensions,staff payments. And transparency clouded by lost paperwork. If not so dire it could be laughable.

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    Comment number 13.

    Now in response to UKIP we have Cameron putting up a modern day version of "No Blacks" on social housing ! Clegg & Milliband also jumping on the bandwagon. Most Politicians have no morals, just chase the mob votes. Then snouts in the trough again.

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    Comment number 12.

    Of course the great danger for the UKIP will be all the MPs gathering under their banner who were caught wih their fingers in the Till in the Expenses Scandal and were never prosecuted for fraud.. I bet their rubbing their sticky fingers with glee at the prospect of getting another chance to fleece the taxpayers again.


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