Three months ago, the UK Independence Party shocked the political establishment, winning hundreds of council seats in local elections across the country.
The biggest shock came in Lincolnshire where they gained sixteen seats to became the main opposition. Now, exactly a hundred days since that breakthrough, our correspondent Gareth Owen has visited UKIP's new stronghold around Skegness to asses their impact.
The Ukip MEP Godfrey Bloom has said he "sincerely regrets any genuine offence" caused by his "bongo bongo land" remark. A statement on his website reads:
At a public speech in the West Midlands in early July I used a term which I subsequently gather under certain circumstances could be interpreted as pejorative to individuals and possibly cause offence. Although quite clearly no such personal usage was intended, I understand from UKIP Party Chairman Steve Crowther and leader Nigel Farage that I must not use the terminology in the future, nor will I and sincerely regret any genuine offence which might have been caused or embarrassment to my colleagues.
My aim, successful as it appears, was to demonstrate the immorality of sending £1 billion per month abroad when we are desperately short of money here. Ring fenced overseas aid at nearly 70% of estimated GDP growth next year, some to buy arms - Mirage fighters in Argentina is just one example.
My constituents come first and always will, they put me here to speak for them.
A senior Ukip politician has been caught on camera saying Britain should not send aid to "bongo bongo land", claiming the recipients lavishly spend the money on luxuries.
Godfrey Bloom, a Ukip MEP, was filmed at a meeting of supporters in the West Midlands saying those who received aid spent the money on "Ray-Ban sunglasses, apartments in Paris, Ferraris and all the rest of it".
The video, obtained by the Guardian, also shows Mr Bloom railing against the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) for ruling that full life sentences could not be handed down.
Three members of the Rutland Anti-Corruption Group of Councillors are joining UKIP at a meeting with party leader Nigel Farage.
Cllr Richard Gale, Cllr David Richardson and Cllr Nick Wainwright will provide the official opposition on the County Council.
UKIP is the obvious choice, as it supports the same ideals as ourselves; those of honesty, integrity, openness and transparency, along with upholding the fundamental principles of democracy. UKIP also does not impose a whip, thus allowing Councillors to exercise their own judgement and vote in line with the wishes of their electorate.
We believe, as does UKIP, that Local Government has to be returned to the people and must no longer rest with the bureaucrats, working too closely with Council Leaderships, bureaucrats who do nothing but use the tools of burdensome bureaucracy, created by them, to suit nothing more than their own agendas and interests and most certainly not those of the people.