The UK Independence Party will today announce it has gained its first member of Parliament after a former Conservative MP agreed to join the party just nine days before the local elections.
Bob Spink, the MP for Castle Point in Essex, said he was "increasingly disappointed" with the Conservative Party, which expelled him last month. The defection is being heralded as a coup by Ukip.
That\’s not bad you know, for a party founded only in 1992, to get an MP by 2008. Took the Scots Nats how long? 40-50 years?
I remember when it all first started actually, living in Bath still, a friend was a Tory activist and there was outrage that Alan Sked sould stand against Chris Patten. I certainly didn\’t think it would come this far this soon.