UKIP hails election surge

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has hailed an election surge that saw the party take second place in two by-elections. Labour secured a clean sweep of poll victories in Rotherham, Middlesbrough and Croydon North.

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Miliband welcomes new MPs to Westminster

Ed Miliband has tweeted a picture of himself welcoming the three new Labour MPs to Westminster after the recent by-elections.

Ed Miliband tweeted this picture of himself outside Westminster with the three new Labour MPs
Ed Miliband tweeted this picture of himself outside Westminster with the three new Labour MPs Credit: Twitter/ @Ed_Miliband

The Labour leader said he was, 'very pleased,' to welcome Sarah Champion MP for Rotherham, Andrew McDonald, MP for Middlesbrough and Steve Reed, MP for Croydon North.

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UKIP by-election success unlikely to repeat on national scale

by - Political Correspondent

After the controversy over a UKIP-supporting foster couple, the party was hoping for a breakthrough in Rotherham.

It failed to materialise with Labour romping home here, in Middlesborough and in Croydon North.

But UKIP did do well enough in Denis MacShane's former constituency to give the Tories - who came 5th - and the Lib Dems, who lost their deposit - a fright.

The party, which wants Britain to quit the EU and to reduce immigration, doubled its vote, giving it a 21 percent share in Rotherham.

UKIP's leader Nigel Farrage claims his party is taking over from the Tories in the North.

But by-elections rarely produce good news for Governments and it's hard to see UKIP getting such a high percentage of the vote when the whole country goes to the polls.

Dorries warns fellow Conservatives over UKIP 'threat'

Conservative MP Nadine Dorries, who was suspended from her party whip after taking part in I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, has warned her colleagues to take UKIP seriously following its strong overnight by-election results.

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To diminish power and threat from UKIP is foolish. UKIP are the new Lib Dems and will lose us many Tory seats unless we pledge an in/out ref

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Farage hails UKIP by-election success

UKIP leader Nigel Farage hailed his party's success in the three by-elections as its "most impressive result in Westminster elections so far".

Jane Collins' 21% in Rotherham was our best ever score and this is backed up by 11% in Middlesbrough and coming third in Croydon North. This follows our stunning result in Corby a few weeks ago.

The political establishment is just going to have to wake up to the fact that UKIP is here and here to stay as a significant and rising mainstream part of British politics.

– Nigel Farage
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