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European Elections: Top Tory calls for Ukip pact

Tory bigwig Daniel Hannan renewed his calls yesterday for his party to form an electoral pact with Ukip.

The South East MEP said “it would be very sad” if the two right-wing parties were not able to find some sort of agreement at the general election — at least in marginal seats.

But Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps has consistently ruled out any pact.

He said: “We are not going to have a pact or joint candidates or what have you. It can’t happen anyway, it can’t happen on a technical basis because we do not allow joint candidates to stand.”

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