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UKIP victory 'good news' for Christians

The comment was made after the party secured its first elected MP.

Tory defector Douglas Carswell won a huge majority in Clacton, while UKIP narrowly missed taking a second seat in Heywood and Middleton.

UKIP's leader Nigel Farage said his party was shaking up politics.

Prime Minister David Cameron has hit back at the result, claiming a vote for UKIP simply means that Labour will get into government.

He said: "I think the next election is the most important in a generation.

"What last night demonstrates is that if you see a big UKIP vote you will end up with Ed Miliband as prime minister, Ed Balls as chancellor, Labour in power."

Mr Carswell's victory ends UKIP's two-decade wait to get an elected MP into Parliament.

Jonathan Arnott, the UKIP MEP for North East England, told Premier: "I think it's very good news for Christians because UKIP is the party that believes in allowing citizens to call referenda on key issues.

"So if you disagree with what the government is doing - whether that's on animal rights, abortion, euthanasia - then people would have the right to force a referendum and make a difference."

The Conservative MP for Aldershot and Farnborough, Sir Gerald Howarth, is a Christian and spoke on Premier's News Hour.

He said: "It is rather astonishing that people are voting for UKIP when they cannot deliver a government.

"The only people who can deliver, and will deliver, a referendum on Europe is the Conservative party under David Cameron."

The former minister for international security strategy added that he was 'concerned.'

He said: "Between now and the general election we will be making it clear to the public that it was a catastrophic financial situation we inherited, that we have turned the economy round, that there is much more we can do, for example, curbing the power of the European Court of Human Rights.

"We are the ones who will renegotiate on our position in Europe."

Attention now turns to another defector, Mark Reckless, who will stand in the Rochester and Strood by-election next month.

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