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High profile Tory leader defects to UKIP

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The “Celtic Iron Lady” announces that she is defecting to UKIP

From BBC…

A former chair of the Welsh Conservative Party and MEP has joined UKIP, claiming the Tories have lost their core vote on several issues.

Beata Brookes said UKIP “are saying what people are thinking”.

A North Wales Tory MEP for 10 years, she said attacks on UKIP by senior Conservatives – including the prime minister – such as “fruitcakes” and “clowns” were unwise.

It comes as UKIP hailed early gains in local elections in England.

Counting is also under way in the Anglesey council elections – the only ones in Wales this year – and UKIP also finished second behind Labour in the South Shields parliamentary by-election.