Paul Sykes will give backing to Ukip campaign

City A.M. Reporter
WEALTHY businessman Paul Sykes said yesterday he would “do whatever it takes” to help the UK Independence Party (Ukip) fight next year’s European Parliament elections.

Ukip is threatening to steal further support from Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives and poses one obstacle to his return to Number 10 at the next General Election in 2015.

Paul Sykes, a Eurosceptic former Conservative supporter, said he wanted to force the main parties to “abandon their slavish support for the EU” and bring forward a referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU, which Cameron says will take place by the end of 2017.

“We have one last chance to stop the gradual erosion of our national independence. And that chance comes with the European elections,” Sykes said in a statement. “Ukip are the last best hope for Britain. I’m prepared to do whatever it takes to propel them to victory next year.”