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Nigel Farage says vote for UKIP not a protest but a vote for change

UKIP leader Nigel Farage, arriving at the count for the Clacton by-election, told reporters that people were voting for change and it was not a protest vote.

Mr Farage said: "We have a career political class of college kids who've never had jobs in their lives and absolutely no connection with ordinary people. We need new people, we need change, real change."

He added: "This isn't a protest vote. When you analyse UKIP voters less than 10% are protest voters."

Govt minister Priti Patel says a vote for UKIP means a Labour government

The Conservative MP for Witham in Essex Priti Patel, speaking from the Clacton by-election count, says a vote for UKIP will mean a Labour government at the next General Election.

Treasury Minister Priti Patel said: "We are seven months away from a General Election and the country will be deciding who they want as their Prime Minister. It's not UKIP, the choice will be between David Cameron and Ed Miliband. All a vote for UKIP will do is usher Ed Miliband into Number 10."

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Lib Dem MP's 'full moon' gibe at UKIP's likely victory

The Liberal Democrat MP for Colchester, Sir Bob Russell, says a full moon is a "great omen" for UKIP as the party looks set to elect its first MP.

Douglas Carswell is favourite to retain his Clacton constituency after forcing a by-election when he defected from the Conservatives to UKIP.

Sir Bob said: "I arrived at Clacton Town Hall this evening and there's a full moon and a full moon is probably the best time for UKIP to win their first seat."

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UKIP MEP says it's not if UKIP get seats but how many

One of UKIP's Euro MPs in the East of England says the mood among voters had changed and its not if UKIP will get seats but how many.

Tim Aker, who is also the party's Head of Policy, said: "It was only a few years ago they were saying, 'You'll never win anything, you'll never win anywhere,' and now the mood has changed, the debate has changed."

He added: "We can fight any party, any where. There aren't any safe seats for the other parties - we're coming to get them."

All ballot boxes have arrived at Clacton count

All the ballot boxes from the 57 polling stations in the Clacton constituency had arrived at the count within an hour of the vote closing.

Counting is underway and a result is expected around 2 am.

Peter Kellner of the polling organisation YouGov has predicted a win for Douglas Carswell with an estimated majority of 10,000.

ITV News Anglia's Political Correspondent Emma Hutchinson reporting from the count at the Princes Theatre said: "The feeling here is that UKIP are confident that they have won it and believe they have won it well.

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