Backbencher Mark Reckless has become the second Tory MP in a month to defect to Ukip and trigger a by-election by quitting parliament.Read the full story ›
Ukip leader Nigel Farage confirmed he has thrown his "hat in the ring" to stand for the South Thanet seat at next year's General Election, but insisted, "I'm no shoo-in".
Farage, who previously hinted he would stand for election "somewhere near the sea," wrote in The Independent, "There will be hustings in the constituency the week after next at which the branch will decide who they wish to represent them".
"It may seem silly to some that the leader of a party would have to go through the process of being approved and selected but, I assure you, rank means nothing in Ukip," he said, adding, "I think I stand a good chance of winning".
Nigel Farage talked about the price of fame to our political correspondent Phil Hornby - he can't slope off for a quiet beer any more. He was speaking at UKIP's regional conference for the South East.
UKIP celebrated their recent election successes at a regional conference for the South East in Eastbourne. Our political correspondent Phil Hornby was there too.
If, as expected, Nigel Farage decides to stand in South Thanet at the next general election, it will "change the game" according to Rebecca Smith, the editor of the Isle of Thanet Gazette
As Nigel Farage MEP, newly-elected for the South East heads to Brussels with his so-called People's Army of UKIP representatives, we look back at his career.
It was the promised political earthquake as UKIP stormed to victory in the European elections in our region. Phil Hornby reports on a big night for Nigel Farage's party in the south.
UKIP stormed to victory in the European elections last night. But will Nigel Farage stand for Parliament in the south east?Read the full story ›
Ukip will have four MEPs from the South East region. This item, which contains flash photography, has interviews with Ukip and other newly elected MEPs.