Following Clacton MP Douglas Carswell's announcement yesterday that he would be defecting to Ukip, fears have been sparked in Westminster that he may just be the first Conservative of many.
So who does Nigel Farage have on his target list...?
1. Nadine Dorries
Lost Tory whip after appearing on ITV’s I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! but was later reinstated. Has said some of her constituents feel a “huge amount of empathy with Ukip” and hinted at standing on a joint ticket.
2. Michael Fabricant
Was the first senior Tory to advocate an electoral pact with Ukip and suggested that Nigel Farage should be made a minister. Sacked from his party post in April.
3. Jacob Rees-Mogg
4. Peter Bone
5. Philip Hollobone
He said in 2013: “I think we could end up with a situation where in selected seats, where the Conservative candidate or Member of Parliament is in favour of leaving the EU, they [Ukip] would endorse him in those seats.”
6. David Nuttall
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