Former Conservative chairman gives UKIP a sort of endorsement

May 1, 2013 at 2:05 AM

LONDON, May 1 (UPI) -- A former Conservative Party chairman gave the euro-skeptic United Kingdom Independence Party a backhanded endorsement Tuesday.

Writing in his blog, Norman Tebbit, who sits in the House of Lords as Lord Tebbit, said he plans to vote Conservative in Thursday's local council elections, The Guardian reported. But he said that was because he fears a takeover of his local council in Suffolk by Labor, the Liberal Democrats or the Green Party.

"Of course it may well be that many former Conservative voters are so fed up with the Cameron coalition that they will turn to UKIP as the party which comes closest to a traditional Conservative agenda, and a reasoned position on the European issue," he wrote. "One can hardly blame them for that."

Tebbit served in Margaret Thatcher's Cabinet and as party chairman from 1985 to 1987. He was injured in the 1984 bombing of the Conservative Party conference by the Provisional Irish Republican Army, and his wife suffered permanent injuries.

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