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Farage: 'We are the most national of all political parties'

UKIP leader Nigel Farage says there could be more defections to his party in the coming months following Douglas Carswell's thumping victory in the Clacton by-election.

Speaking outside the count, Mr Farage said: "We're the only party that can get big votes shares in Tory heartlands and Labour heartlands. No other parties crosses those old divides of left and right."


Carswell 'humbled' by Clacton by-election victory

Douglas Carswell has told ITV News Political Correspondent Emma Hutchinson that his victory in Clacton was "beyond anything I expected."

Clearly emotional, he said: "I expected to do respectably but wasn't sure I could win. I certainly didn't expect to get more than 50% of the vote. I'm a little bit dazed and humbled. I'm a little bit wow."

Carswell: Ukip's victory can be repeated elsewhere

In his acceptance speech Douglas Carswell explained his decision to stand down after defecting from the Tories.

"I resigned from Parliament to face this election because I answer first, foremost and last to you, you are my boss, I will not let you down," he said.

"To my new party I offer these thoughts: humility when we win, modesty when we are proved right. If we speak with passion, let it always be tempered by compassion. We must be a party for all Britain and all Britons: first and second generation as much as every other.

Our strength must lie in our breadth. If we stay true to that there is nothing that we cannot achieve. Nothing we cannot achieve in Essex and East Anglia, in England and the whole country beyond."

– Douglas Carswell, Ukip MP for Clacton

UKIP hammer Tories in Clacton by-election

Share of the vote in the Clacton by-election Credit: ITV News Anglia

Douglas Carswell has stormed back to Parliament as the new UKIP MP for Clacton increasing the majority he won as a Conservative in 2010.

He took 60% of the vote knocking the Tories back to 25%. Labour were third and the Liberal Democrats lost their deposit having been relegated into fourth place by the Greens.


Douglas Carswell storms to victory in Clacton to become UKIP's first elected MP

Douglas Carswell meeting with UKIP leader Nigel Farage on polling day. Credit: ITV News Anglia / Nigel Farage

Douglas Carswell has won the Clacton by-election to become the first elected Member of Parliament for UKIP. He had a majority of 12,404 which even bigger than that he achieved at the last General Election.

Mr Carswell was a Tory MP for the constituency but forced a by-election after defecting to UKIP in September.

  • Douglas Carswell (UKIP) - 21,113 (59.7%)
  • Andy Graham (Lib Dem) - 483 (1.4%)
  • Howling Laud Hope (Loony) - 127 (0.4%)
  • Charlotte Rose (Ind) - 56 (0.2%)
  • Bruce Sizer (Ind) - 205 (0.6%)
  • Chris Southall (Green) - 688 (1.9%)
  • Giles Watling - (Con) - 8,709 (24.6%)
  • Tim Young - (Lab) - 3,957 (11.2%)
Result of the Clacton by-election Credit: ITV News Anglia

The turnout was 51.2%.

Douglas Carswell is the first MP with a direct mandate for UKIP. The first UKIP MP was Bob Spink, the MP for Castle Point in south Essex. He defected from the Conservatives in 2008 but didn't force a by-election and subsequently wasn't re-elected.

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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