Isabel Hardman Isabel Hardman

Labour briefs MPs on the Ukip threat in their constituencies

Unfortunately for Labour, it cannot dismiss Nigel Farage as a ‘pound shop Enoch Powell’ quite so easily as Russell Brand did last night. The party knows that Ukip can take the voters that have already deserted it – voters that it thought still belonged to the party – and there have been increasing calls for the Labour leadership to take Ukip seriously.

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