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Wed 1 Oct, 2014
By Robert Ingham

I’ll stand my ground against any prat.

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The former Conservative Deputy Mayor of London, Richard Barnes, has defected to Ukip.

Described as Boris Johnson’s one-time "right-hand man at City Hall", he announced he was leaving David Cameron's party on Tuesday, the Evening Standard reported.

He told the newspaper that the Tories, Labour and Lib Dems did not “speak the language of normal people”.

The move comes as a new blow to the Prime Minister following the defection of MPs Mark Reckless and Douglas Carswell.

Mr Johnson was preparing to speak at the Conservative Party conference as the news broke, where leaders were hoping he would be able to inject positivity into delegates ahead of next year's general election.

Mr Barnes said he favoured Ukip policies on the EU, immigration, HS2 and Heathrow expansion.

“There seems to be a detachment from ordinary people’s lives in the Westminster Village," he told the Evening Standard.

“The parties just don’t seem to relate and talk the language of normal people.”

The politician, who is gay, also dismissed claims that Ukip is a homophobic party. Nigel Farage’s party has been linked to a series of scandals; in January a Ukip councillor said that severe flooding and storms could be blamed on the Government’s decision to legalise gay marriage.

He said: “I’ll stand my ground against any prat. They are in all the parties. I don’t think they become homophobic the moment they join Ukip.”


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