“Under his leadership – and I have questioned his leadership obviously a number of times – the party has become a dictatorship”, she said in an interview earlier this month, adding: “This is a Stalinist way of operating and he doesn’t care about the membership or the grassroots…”.
Currently, she says about Farage, “His actions, surrounding himself with an old boys’ club of like-minded sycophants, are dictatorial, in sharp contrast to those of David Cameron, who has shown he can listen, adapt and do what is right for the country, not just for personal gain”.
Responding to her defection to the Tories, Farage says of Andreason, “Having left the OECD, the European Commission and UKIP in unpleasant circumstances, the Conservative party deserve what is coming to them. The woman is impossible”.
On the other hand, Grant Shapps, the Conservative chairman, says that her defection is a vindication of Mr Cameron’s European policies. Her words on the Prime Minister’s record “prove that the Conservatives are the only party who can protect Britain’s interests in Europe”.