Ukip could back Tory government after 2015 election says Nigel Farage
Ukip leader says he would support David Cameron outside a formal coalition if there is an in/out referendum on EU.
Nigel Farage has indicated that Ukip would be prepared to help David Cameron survive as prime minister in a hung parliament if he delivers on his pledge to hold an in/out referendum on Britain’s EU membership.
In a shift of tone by Farage, who has previously been wary of a deal with Cameron, the Ukip leader said that “of course” he would offer support to the Tories if the party guaranteed a referendum.
His remarks to the Sun came as the Times published a leaked letter from the former Ukip deputy leader David Campbell-Bannerman raising concerns about the way in which the party allegedly expected aspiring MEPs to make donations to Ukip.
Campbell-Bannerman, who defected to the Tories after leaving Ukip in 2011, said the “overt [link] between financial contributions and selection to a public elected office” was “potentially very dangerous” and could amount to “cash for Euroseats”.
Farage hopes to win enough seats in next year’s general election to hold the balance of power at Westminster. Even if Ukip performs strongly it is more likely to deprive the Tories of seats rather than win any itself. But Farage indicated to the Sun that he was confident of success as he said he would support Cameron – outside a formal coalition – if the prime minister stood by his pledge to hold an in/out EU referendum.