Conservative election adviser, Michael Fabricant, has told David Cameron that he should urgently consider a pact with UKIP to prevent them threatening Tories at the polls in 2015.
Fabricant suggested that Cameron should offer UKIP an in-out referendum on UK membership of the EU if UKIP promises not to stand against Tory candidates in the nest election.
In response to the news of this suggestion, UKIP leader Nigel Farage appeared to reject the offer in a tweet referencing the recent fostering row.
No deals with the Tories; it's war. http://t.co/4YOAo63P
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) November 25, 2012
Fabricant believes that a pact with UKIP could result in an extra 20-40 seats for the Conservative Party in the crucial marginal constituencies at the next election as many Tory voters believe UKIP offer the best deal on Europe.
If the Tories were able to gain an extra 20 seats at the next election then they would have a majority and would no longer need to partner with the Liberal Democrats in a coalition government, the current position which some conservative commentators believe weakens the party.