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Answers Needed Over UKIP/Tory Pact – says Labour’s Naushabah Khan

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Labour’s Naushabah Khan is writing to local UKIP defectors to ask if they agree with party leader Nigel Farage that UKIP could support a Conservative minority government after the next election.

The open letter, being sent today and published online, is addressed to former Tory MP Mark Reckless, and former Tory councillors Peter Rodberg and Chris Irvine who all switched to UKIP recently.

On October 12, 2014, Mr Farage told the Sunday Politics that he would support a Conservative government if they pledged to hold an in-out referendum on membership of the European Union.
 
In the letter Naushabah Khan writes: “Can I ask whether you agree with Nigel Farage and would support a deal with the Tories after the next election?
 
“Without a full denial people in Rochester & Strood will only conclude that UKIP is a party of Tory people, Tory policies and Tory money, more Tory than the Tories themselves.”

Ends.



The full text of the letter is below:


Dear Mr Reckless, Mr Rodberg and Mr Irvine,

I am writing to ask whether you agree with your leader Nigel Farage that UKIP could support a Conservative minority government after the next election.
 
On October 12 2014, Mr Farage told the Sunday Politics that he would support a Conservative government if they pledged to hold an in-out referendum on membership of the European Union.
 
It is hugely revealing of the character of your party that you are planning to prop up a Conservative government in 2015.
 
Working people have suffered under David Cameron. Wages are down £1,600 a year since 2010, there are almost 750,000 young people unemployed and a wasted £3bn re-organisation of the NHS has led to higher waiting lists for patients.  We now know that, instead of fighting this and standing up for hardworking families, UKIP are planning to help David Cameron finish the job.

This is perhaps unsurprising. Half of UKIP’s leadership are former Tories, as are a quarter of UKIP candidates.  UKIP is also bankrolled by the people who keep David Cameron in business, with 24 former tory donors giving over £2m to UKIP.  On policy, UKIP want to go further than the Tories by privatising the NHS, charging people to see their GP, give another tax cut to millionaires and have even bigger bankers’ bonuses.  
 
Can I ask whether you agree with Nigel Farage and would support a deal with the Tories after the next election?
 
Without a full denial people in Rochester & Strood will only conclude that UKIP is a party of Tory people, Tory policies and Tory money, more Tory than the Tories themselves.
 
Yours,
 
Naushabah Khan
Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate in Rochester & Strood
 
 
 
Background: calls for a Tory-UKIP pact
 
Notes for editors:

On October 12, 2014, Mr Farage told the Sunday Politics that he would support a Conservative government if they pledged to hold an in-out referendum on membership of the European Union:

“The price would be a full, free and fair referendum on our continued membership of the European Union…some time in July next year strikes me as a very good time to do this.”
Nigel Farage, Sunday Politics, 12 October 2014
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/nigel-farage-says-ukip-would-prop-up-tories-in-next-government-in-return-for-eu-referendum-9789762.html


The Tories and UKIP have been moving towards a pact.
 
•         “I will not stand in a seat close to my father — we have a non-aggression pact. The test will be local radio. I won’t stand for a seat whereby you could be listening to William Cash and not know which it was.”
William Cash Jr., The Sunday Times, 19th October 2014, http://cda.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/newsreview/features/article1472408.ece
 
•         When I raise the prospect of Tory/Ukip pacts, Cash says he has also decided not to stand against the other Shropshire MPs: Paterson and Philip Dunne. “It’s a private thing. I’ve written to them to tell them I won’t stand against them. We have civilised relations.”
William Cash Jr., The Sunday Times, 19th October 2014, http://cda.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/newsreview/features/article1472408.ece
 
•         “I see us as all part of the same family. The worst thing we could do is see the Right of politics fracture. Nigel Farage has great charisma and has done something extraordinary in British politics. I’d like to see us work better together.”
Adam Afriyie, 14th October 2014, http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/tories-tatters-pm-faces-calls-4438341
 
•         “It would be better to have had part of the broader conservative family win than Labour. There’s a compelling logic to not dividing the small-c conservative vote.”
Jacob Rees-Mogg, 14th October 2014, http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/tories-tatters-pm-faces-calls-4438341
 
•         Asked about the national picture, Tory MP Jacob Rees Mogg renewed calls for his party to make a pact with UKIP. He told the Times newspaper that the impact UKIP has had on the Labour vote in northern England had been encouraging. "We should think about what that means in terms of the UKIP-Conservative relationship because the Conservative family could win a majority on that basis," he said. "Otherwise, the only thing we manage is mutually-assured destruction."
BBC, 11th October 2014, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-29581058
 
•         A Tory MP has joined forces with the millionaire treasurer of the UK Independence Party to block the European Arrest Warrant in a move which will embarrass Prime Minister David Cameron. Jacob Rees-Mogg held talks with Stuart Wheeler, Ukip’s treasurer, at the House of Commons yesterday to discuss a judicial review to block the measure that allows Britons to be arrested and sent for trial oversees.
The Telegraph, 16th October 2014, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/11165829/Conservative-MP-in-talks-with-Ukip-treasurer-about-blocking-European-Arrest-Warrant.html
 
•         “In an ideal world we wouldn’t cut each other’s throats. I don’t really see the point in people who agree with each other standing against each other.” … “I think it’s fair to say I agree with Nigel Farage and UKIP on virtually everything.”
Phillip Davies, BBC Sunday Politics, 19th October 2014, http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04l2vhb/sunday-politics-yorkshire-and-lincolnshire-19102014
 
•         "Seeing my old friend Mark Reckless in another party is sad. A devoted and patriotic MP, he has just taken the difficult decision to leave the Conservatives for Ukip. But the real sadness is that there should be two such parties in Britain, their rivalry retarding their shared objectives. Combined, the Conservative and Ukip vote comes to nearly half the national total. Yet, as things stand, Ed Miliband is likely to become Prime Minister with around 35 per cent support.”
Daniel Hannan, Breibart news, 29th September 2014, http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-London/2014/09/29/Hannan-only-a-ukip-tory-pact

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