Referendum on EU membership
UKIP member of European Parliament (MEP) Patrick O'Flynn wrote that if UKIP's candidate comes "a good second" in Heywood and Middleton, "my party will have shown that across the north of England it is replacing the Tories and Lib Dems as the main opposition to Labour," writing in the right-wing U.K. tabloid the Daily Express on Wednesday.
This may pile extra pressure on Miliband to commit to a referendum on U.K. membership of the European Union, which he has so far refused to do. However, the trade unions which helped him gain his leadership of the Labour Party, and some of his own MPs, have suggested that he should make this stand, in an effort to guard against the erosion of the white working-class vote. If he does, the spectre of a "Brexit" – British exit from the EU - could have a huge impact on U.K. investments and diplomatic relations.