UK Independence Party MEP Marta Andreasen has announced that she is joining the Conservatives
Less than a week before the Eastleigh by-election, the MEP for the South East region hailed the Prime Minister's speech pledging an in-out referendum on EU membership as a "game changer" and dismissed UKIP's chances of achieving real power.
"Ukip has good people in it at grass roots that care about the future of the United Kingdom and our place in a re-negotiated relationship with Europe," she wrote. "Unfortunately, their party leader treats any views other than his own with contempt. Ukip is his plaything to mould and shape in any way he sees fit, regardless of the views of others."
Ms Andreasen said Mr Cameron's keynote address on Britain's relationship with the EU last month had convinced her the Conservatives were the "true referendum party".
"The Prime Minister's speech was a game changer; he promised to turn around the European freight train, which is currently heading towards a deeper federal Europe with no options for Britain," she continued. "I was also reassured by the financial deal that David Cameron got for Britain on the EU Budget. This is a matter very close to my heart and for which I have fought hard, and it is an important step for Britain in this battle."