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Labour’s Ukip problem

The Tories aren't the only ones in trouble

By Max Wind-Cowie  

UKIP leader Nigel Farage. The party is appealing directly to alienated Labour voters © European Parliament

Much has been written about the United Kingdom Independence Party’s (Ukip’s) steady surge in popularity. The eurosceptic party now routinely outpolls the Lib Dems, looks set to gain seats (and voting share) in the local elections and will almost certainly come either first or second in 2014’s European elections.

The commentariat consensus has long been that Ukip benefits from the disillusionment of grass-roots Tories, unhappy and offended by Cameroonism. This…

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