Ukip MEP defects back to Tories

A senior member of the UK Independence Party, the MEP David Campbell Bannerman, has defected back to the Conservatives.

The former Ukip deputy leader – who came third in the contest last year which returned Nigel Farage to the party leadership – quit the Tories in 2004 over their European policies.

But he said yesterday: "I have been pleased with the robust stance taken by David Cameron and Conservative MEPs over the EU budget negotiations and I believe that it is Conservative MEPs who are working hard to defend Britain's interests."

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