No chance of UKIP deal
Grant Shapps has said he is "categorically" ruling out a deal with UKIP, following Michael Fabricant's suggestion that the two parties make an electoral pact.
"I want to win the next election outright, of course, for Conservatives, so we have an outright majority, [so] we don't have to be in coalition," the Tory co-chair told the World at One.
"But I want to do that with Conservative candidates, fighting and winning on their own ground and on their own terms and that's exactly what we are going to do, so I can categorically rule out any form of electoral pact with UKIP or anyone else."
Former whip Mr Fabricant this morning published a discussion paper titled ‘The Pact?’ which suggests either a commitment to an in-out referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union, or a guarantee of a referendum if UKIP agrees not to stand candidates against the Tories in 2015.
UKIP warned that it would be "very difficult" for the parties to enter into an electoral pact while David Cameron remains leader of the Conservatives, but the party's leader Nigel Farage did suggest that he might be able to come to an agreement if the "sensible and pragmatic" Michael Gove were Tory leader.