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John Curtice: Eastleigh shows growing UKIP appeal

UKIP supporters celebrate their success in the Eastleigh by-election. Picture: PA

UKIP supporters celebrate their success in the Eastleigh by-election. Picture: PA

  • by JOHN CURTICE
 

It was Mr Cameron’s worst nightmare. Not only did his party come nowhere near giving the Liberal Democrats a bloody nose and thereby seemingly open up the prospect of an unalloyed Tory majority in 2015, but it was overtaken by a party, UKIP, whose stance is one with which many of the Prime Minister’s own backbenchers have a lot of sympathy.

 

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