Victory in Clacton-on-Sea for Nigel Farage's anti-Europe party would give UKIP
their first elected MP - and be a major embarrassment for the Prime Minister.
Among those who voted Conservative in 2010, a third (33 per cent) said they could see themselves voting Ukip
at a general election, compared with 25 per cent of 2010 Lib Dem voters and 18 per cent of 2010 Labour voters.
rally in Edinburgh was met by a large crowd of anti-fascist protestors who accuse Ukip
of pursuing anti-immigration and racist policies, something Farage rejects.
statement quoted by the Bulgarian national Radio was in response to the Prime Minister's comments on Thursday.
Upcoming talks between the rebel Tory MP and her local constituency association could see Dorries adopt Ukip
's logo, the British pound, at the 2015 General Election.
Jakob Whiten, deputy chairman of Conservative Future in the East Midlands up until last week, has revealed he has joined UKIP
has launched its manifesto, telling voters it is time to get rid of the three main parties.
Of the eight seats up for grabs the Conservatives were guaranteed two seats, Labour one, the Lib-Dems one, UKIP
one with the remaining three being too close to call.
In a burst of candor rarely seen in political circles, the UKIP
bluntly published its demand that Britain quit the EU.
Elsewhere, there was a merciless cull of Ukip
councillors, with Conservatives apparently picking up significant numbers of their former supporters in areas such as Basildon.
A party spokesman insisted the design, which features a purple lion on a white background like the Premier League's logo, "is not a rip-off" and stressed that Ukip
had "checked" that it does not infringe copyright, declaring: "We're not that stupid."
And perhaps some UKIP
voters were impressed by former leader Nigel Farage, who stood down in November.