Tory peer threatens UKIP defection
A Tory peer has threatened to defect to the UK Independence Party unless David Cameron steps up efforts to repatriate powers from Brussels.
Lord Vinson, a Conservative peer for over 25 years, told the North East newspaper The Journal that he and "many others" will quit the party unless the leadership gives a "clear signal" on the relationship with the EU.
"Like many Tories, I will consider going to UKIP unless Cameron does something serious about repatriating powers," he said.
"I and many others will leave the Conservative party unless we get a clear signal from Cameron because our relationship with Europe is extremely damaging and we would be better off out."
The peer said he doesn't see a "putsch" against Mr Cameron coming, but claimed London Mayor Boris Johnson is in "pole position" to succeed the party leader.
"I would think he’d make a bid for it and he could well get it," he said.