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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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 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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    Comment number 5.

    come on you uk citizens lets show the torys labour and lib-dems they are going to be the has beens party lets give ukip a chance its time we the voting pubic broke the mould at least they would get us out of this unelected lot called the eu all they do is take millions of pounds of uk taxpayers money to which we get nothing in return and possibly ordered to let millions of east europeans come here

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    Comment number 9.

    For Christ sake - 29m Bulgarians and Romanians will NOT be flooding the UK - The entire populations of these two countries will not move to the UK, any more than 80 million Germans or 65 million French people will. These right-wingers have no shame, a constant barrage of spin and deceit on the poorest and most vulnerable in society.

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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 6.

    Are we about to see the end of Buggins term governments?
    Red labour borrowing more than we can afford and Blue labour pretending they're not doing the same?
    None off them prepared to reduce the size and paralysing influence of the state on everything we do.
    Dreaming in their towers that growth tomorrow will always be there to deal with debt we can't afford.


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