Ken Clarke blames Conservative attempts to imitate Ukip for loss in Rochester and Strood

first_img Ken Clarke blames Conservative attempts to imitate Ukip for loss in Rochester and Strood Ken Clarke, the famously pro-Europe Conservative MP, has said banning EU migrants from receiving benefits would be playing into Ukip’s hands.In an interview with the Murnaghan programme on Sky News today, Clarke said policies that sought to imitate Ukip would end up making Nigel Farage’s party more credible. What’s more, the former home secretary and chancellor of the exchequer said David Cameron’s approach was to blame for the loss of the Rochester and Strood by-election. I do think the tactics of the two major parties of government – the serious parties of government – of trying to imitate Ukip since then have actually made them more credible and has gifted them two by-elections.Clarke’s remarks came on the back of a report in the Sunday Times that David Cameron is considering the adoption of suggestions by think tank Open Europe that banning EU migrants from receiving benefits for at least their first two years in Britain would make moving to Britain a less attractive option.Clarke made no secret of his thoughts on the proposals, saying:What we mustn’t do is keep trailing all kinds of suggestions of things we can think of that might be nasty to Europeans on the benefit front. Sunday 23 November 2014 3:49 pm whatsapp whatsapp More From Our Partners Man on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comcenter_img Billy Ehrenberg Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May Likezenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndoEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorUndoLoan Insurance WealthDolly Parton, 74, Takes off Makeup, Leaves Us With No WordsLoan Insurance WealthUndoPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryUndoPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunUndoThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramUndoLiver HealthAdvertisement 1 Bite of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver HealthUndoDefinitionThe Most Famous Movie Filmed In Every U.S. StateDefinitionUndo Share Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULLlast_img

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