UKIP may have haemorrhaged party members and MEPs since 2004, but perhaps help is at hand from an unlikely source - step forward the Tories' answer to Godfrey Bloom, the egregious Roger Helmer MEP. Mr Helmer is, like most UKIP MEPs, a climate change denier who told Tory party conference, "You either believe it or you don't, ….and in my case, I don't!", adding "this whole issue has got completely out of hand. It has become a new religion. You have to believe it. If you do not believe it, you are a heretic. They would like to burn us at the stake - using recycled faggots!"
Furthermore, as a member of Better Off Out and the deeply-ironically named Freedom Association, Helmer is surely a u-kipper in disguise.
Or maybe not…
Perhaps this less than flattering article from UKIP MEP Jeffrey Titford is the reason why Helmer remains a recalcitrant Tory happiest embarrassing his party leader rather than a fully-fledged u-kipper.