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UKIP's Eastleigh success

Nigel Farage and Diane James, who ran in the Eastleigh by-election Credit: ITV News Meridian

Nigel Farage, Leader of the UK Independence Party, is in his home county of Kent today. The campaign follows success in the Eastleigh by-election last month, where Diane James came second with 28% of the vote. It's putting up around 2, 000 candidates for the local elections in May.

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Diane James: Beating the Tories is a 'humongous' shock

The UK Independence Party's Diane James, has described beating the Tories to take second place in the Eastleigh by-election was a "humongous" shock that represented a "seismic shift" in UK politics.

The UK Independence Party's Diane James. Credit: Press Association.

Conservative candidate Maria Hutchings polled 10,559 votes - more than 1,000 behind Ukip, which snatched huge chunks of the coalition parties' 2010 general election vote share, taking more than 27% of the total.

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