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BBC NEWS | Politics | Tory donor gives £100,000 to UKIP

A multi-millionaire Conservative party donor has given £100,000 to UKIP, after becoming disillusioned with David Cameron's policies on Europe.

Spread-betting tycoon Stuart Wheeler said he was giving the money to UKIP in protest at the Tories' reluctance to talk about the EU.

Mr Wheeler, an outspoken Euro-sceptic, gave £5m to the Conservatives in 2001.

He said he would vote UKIP in European elections in June, but intended to remain a member of the Tory party.

"The European Union is doing so much damage to our economy and our way of life that I can no longer vote Conservative at the European elections," Mr Wheeler told the News of the World newspaper.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Mar 28th, 2009 at 08:24:06 PM EST
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