When David Cameron came to Burton-on-Trent a few days before polling day in the 2009 European elections, he asked me, as a candidate, what I thought he should do over the remaining part of the campaign.
I used my “elevator moment” to suggest that he should attack and keep attacking UKIP, who had come from fourth place in April 2009 polls to be, as they had in 2004, our most serious opponent. In doing so I reflected what a number of others in the candidate and wider campaign team felt i.e. that - rightly or wrongly - the Party had failed to take the UKIP threat sufficiently seriously.
While not all Liberal Democrat votes will drift to Labour and not all UKIP voters are former Conservatives, UKIP - splitting the right of centre vote - are nevertheless the main threat to Project Blueprint for a Conservative majority. So with UKIP presenting as third in a number of recent polls – in one case on 16% - we can’t afford to repeat that mistake in the 2014 European elections or the 2015 General Election.