THE MP for North West Leicestershire has slammed a former Conservative Party colleague who defected to UKIP.
Andrew Bridgen said Clacton MP Douglas Carswell had told him he was worried about the level of support for UKIP in his constituency before joining Nigel Farage's party.
Mr Bridgen said: "It's counter-productive. Douglas may have made a big mistake.
"He has always said he was concerned by the popularity of UKIP in Clacton. It has a demographic that suits UKIP. It will be a challenge for Nigel Farage. UKIP is a one-man band and he will not be used to having someone as intelligent and independently minded as Douglas in his party."
UKIP figures have suggested other Tory MPs will follow Mr Carswell because they are concerned about David Cameron's stewardship of the party.
Mr Bridgen, a Eurosceptic who has rebelled against the Government and previously openly questioned David Cameron's leadership, said he would not be joining UKIP and had not been approached by anyone from the party.