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UKIP’s plan to attack Boris over Migrant Amnesty

BEST BUDDIES?: London's mayor Boris Johnson with Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader David Cameron. Pic:PA

The UK Independence Party (UKIP) has said it plans to target Boris Johnson over his support for an amnesty for illegal immigrants.

The Daily Mail reported today (Aug 28), said Johnson, who hopes to become Tory MP for the safe west London seat of Uxbridge and South Ruislip at next year’s General Election, could face criticism from Nigel Farage, UKIP’s leader, over the migrant amnesty if the Tories used him to try to erode UKIP support.

The Daily Mail said some Conservative Party sources have said that Johnson, who is currently London’s mayor, could be used to as a ‘UKIP Killer’ meaning as a way to sway voters away from UKIP and back to the Tory party.

The Conservatives lost voters – while UKIP made gains - following the Local Government Elections in May.

Farage, who is running for Thanet South, in Kent, told the Daily Mail he would highlight Johnson’s views on immigration, including his support for an amnesty for illegal immigrants.

“If Boris wants to explain to our voters why he supports an amnesty for illegal immigrants then he is very welcome to – and we will do what we can to help,” he said.

He added: “Of course Boris is very engaging and entertaining and he will appeal to parts of the Tory grassroots. But, as we pointed out yesterday, he is more Oxbridge than Uxbridge - our voters want representatives who stand up for the concerns of ordinary people whose voice is not heard.”

Johnson has said: “A vote for UKIP will kill our chance of a referendum and a renegotiation on Europe. The EU needs reform and only David Cameron and the Conservatives offer that hope. A vote for Ukip Is a vote for Labour – it will give voters who want change, who want to take powers back, exactly the opposite.’

DEFECTED: Tory MP Douglas Carswell has joined UKIP
Farage has said he hopes to target at least nine Tory seats at the election, the newspaper said.

UKIP could have a seat even before that as earlier today (Aug 28) MP Douglas Carswell defected from the Conservative Party to join UKIP.

He has immediately resigned from his post as MP for Clacton in Essex, triggering the need for a by-election in this constituency.

In a media conference, Carswell, who will seek re-election as MP for Clacton, said he wanted to see "fundamental change in British politics". He said UKIP could provide this.

Carswell said he did not think Tory Party leader Prime Minister David Cameron was "serious about the change we need".

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