October 29, 2014
UKIP is on a roll and planning to fight for 100 seats at the next election, making the party the Kingmakers and forcing any coalition to go along with their demands for a public referendum on leaving the supposed “European community.”
A third of voters are now saying that they back Nigel and Paul Sykes the party’s biggest donor, is just about to write them another cheque for £1.5Million to help with the big push.
As Tory divisions deepen over how to respond to the Eurosceptic threat, a new poll put Ukip on 18 per cent, with one in three people willing to back the party if they thought they could win in their local area.
Mr Farage has overseen an extraordinary surge in popularity since Ukip won the European elections in May.
In August, Douglas Carswell became the first Tory MP to defect to Ukip, and weeks later Mark Reckless followed him.
The Rochester and Strood by-election triggered by Mr Reckless’ decision to quit is seen as a crucial test of the Tory ability to halt the Ukip bandwagon.
But two polls have now put Ukip ahead by as many as 13 points, leading party strategists to reconsider their tactics for the general election.
Mr Farage had suggested the party would aim for around 25 to 30 MPs in May 2015.
But Mr Sykes told the Sunday Times: ‘Our finances are now rebuilding again after the European election victory, but we will be raising significant further funds for a national campaign and a strong push to target marginal seats, probably nearer 100 than the 30-40 we originally identified.’
Some 31 per cent say they would back Mr Farage’s party if they thought they could win in the constituency they live in.
If things keep going like this, Nigel could well be the next deputy Prime Minister.