'Ed Miliband has taken a step closer to Downing Street', says Grant Shapps after Clacton by-election

PUBLISHED: 07:58 10 October 2014 | UPDATED: 08:15 10 October 2014

MP Grant Shapps

MP Grant Shapps

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Labour took a step closer to Downing Street last night after the Tories were convincingly beaten in Clacton, Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps has said.

"They (UKIP) take votes off all parties, but they take seats of Conservatives, and that means Ed Milliband gets a step closer to Downing Street."

Grant Shapps MP

The Tory Party chairman admitted the Conservatives face a battle to win back voters ahead of next year’s General Election.

It follows Tory defector Douglas Carswell’s victory in the Essex seaside constituency by-election, winning nearly 60 per cent of the vote for UKIP.

Mr Shapps told Sky News this morning (Friday): “Let me be completely blunt - I think this reveals a simple truth.

“They (UKIP) take votes off all parties, but they take seats of Conservatives, and that means Ed Miliband gets a step closer to Downing Street.”

"The reason Mr Shapps is bleating on isn’t because of UKIP, it’s because of the total failure of Mr Cameron to connect with his voters"

Nigel Farage

And he added: “Ed Miliband will be smiling this morning.”

In a difficult night for the Tories, the party was beaten into third place in a by-election in Heywood and Middleton, in Greater Manchester.

But UKIP leader Nigel Farage branded Mr Shapps’ comments “drivel”.

He told the programme: “The reason Mr Shapps is bleating on isn’t because of UKIP, it’s because of the total failure of Mr Cameron to connect with his voters.”

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