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Farage: PM Treats UKIP Voters With Contempt

Monday 26th May 2014

Nigel Farage has accused David Cameron of treating a large portion of voters with "total contempt".

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Speaking to LBC this morning he said he thought it unlikely his party would be entering into any kind of deal with the Conservatives.

"So the phone rings and it's the Prime Minister and he says, Nigel, come round for a cup of tea let's talk, let's put our differences to one side. We can find some common ground," Nick Ferrari asked the UKIP leader.

Mr Farage joked that he's need something better that tea to be tempted to Downing Street before admitting he thought it unlikely the Prime Minister would be picking up the phone anytime soon.

"Look, you know, David Cameron has been leader of the Tory Party for nine years," he explained.

"He has treated me, UKIP, UKIP's voters and a vast swath of the British public with nothing other than total contempt over the course of the last nine years. Just last week he said we were appalling people, well, there you are. I think that answers your question, I don't think the call from Downing Street is going to come."

Nigel Farage also told LBC he thinks it is unfair to UKIP voters to label them as just protest voters.

"The majority of people that vote UKIP, vote UKIP because they believe in what we say. I think what's really interesting is that more than one in five of our voters are people who haven't voted for at least 20 years and they are re-engaging in democracy because they believe in what we say," he told Nick.

"In a sense, calling it a protest vote is really a comfort blanket for the three established parties in Westminster. They do not know what to say or what to do because the fact is, even if Mr Cameron goes to renegotiate our relationship he's already conceded that he won't debate open borders and it is a basic function of any government that it should control its borders and it should put the interests of its own people first and that issue is not going to go away between now and the next general election."

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