Farage on UKIP and Conservative support and policies
8 July 2013 Last updated at 12:36 BST
UKIP is "not a splinter group on the right of the Conservative Party", said its leader after a BBC/Comres survey of 101 councillors showed 21% were former Tory councillors and 33% had been Conservative members.
Nigel Farage said "most Ukippers have got robust views on immigration" and he described them as "sensible views".
He said its support at the Eastleigh by-election was made up of: a third of past Tory voters, one third from the Lib Dems, 20% from Labour and rest had come from other parties.
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