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The Conservative party says it has expelled a multi-millionaire donor who gave £100,000 to UKIP.
Mr Wheeler had told the News of the World newspaper that "the European Union is doing so much damage to our economy and our way of life that I can no longer vote Conservative at the European elections".
the prospect of Stuart Wheeler actively funding candidates who are going to stand against Tory candidates in European elections was really too much to stomach
UKIP is poised for European elections success in June and a big vote would unhinge British politics, says retiring Eastern Region MEP Jeffrey Titford.
Speaking with the East Anglian Daily Times political correspondent, Mr Titford said a big vote for UKIP would "unhinge British politics".
He told Graham Dines: “We were a foot in the door in 1999. In 2004, we pushed it open so that people could see who was coming through that door. This year, the door will be pushed wide open.”