UKIP leader Nigel Farage claimed a "sea change" in British politics as they gained more than 140 council seats in the local elections.
There is no question that the day belongs to UKIP and Nigel Farage. The party has gained over 100 seats and won about a quarter of the vote.
The Conservative Party has a habit of turning a drama into a crisis. Especially when the background to the drama is Europe.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage has hailed his party's performance in the local elections in the South and South East. Here he speaks to our political correspondent Phil Hornby.
Interview: Philip Fawkes won South Waterside in Hampshire for UKIP. He says his voters do not want to see mass immigration.
Click video. Andy Moore, UKIP winner, says he has made history in Eastleigh East.
Dramatic wins for UKIP in Eastleigh, the Hampshire town rocked by the Chris Huhne scandal. Andy Moore took Eastleigh East with a narrow win over the Lib Dems. Chris Greenwood won Eastleigh West, again with a narrow majority over the Lib Dems.
UKIP candidate Anna-Marie Crampton, who has been suspended by her party for allegedly posting anti-Semitic remarks online, said she was hacked and not responsible for the comments.
She tweeted last night: "Im (sic) NOT antisemitic. I NEVER said i do not believe in the holocaust. I've clearly been trolled. I do post on Zionism as a political movement."
She later added: "Further, my great grandmother was jewish on my mother's side."
Ms Crampton later deleted her Twitter account.
UKIP candidate Anna-Marie Crampton has been suspended from the party after allegedly posting anti-Semitic comments on a website.
Ms Crampton, who was due to stand in next week's county council elections in East Sussex, denied the claims and said she was not responsible for the attacks because her account had been hacked.
A UKIP spokesman told ITV News: "We are investigating this matter, if she was hacked we will apologise for suspending her."
Campaigning was suspended by the major parties for the local elections - because of Lady Thatcher's death. Today, the UK Independence Party brought its message to the region, with its leader telling voters it's time for a change.
UKIP's Nigel Farage told supporters after last month's strong showing at the Eastleigh by-election, it's his party that's now in the frame. At the moment they have NO seats. David Johns reports, with interviews from Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg.
Nigel Farage, speaking at the launch of his election campaign in Tunbridge Wells.