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Michael Gove: People voted for UKIP 'as a protest'

The Conservative Education Secretary Michael Gove told Daybreak that UKIP's success in the Eastleigh by-election is purely down to "protest."

He said: "People from Lib Democrat ranks and Conservative, were voting UKIP because they wanted to register a sense of pain and frustration at a difficult time for the country."

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Nigel Farage: 'Really exciting' result from by-election

The leader of the UKIP party, Nigel Farage is already looking ahead to the future of his party.

Speaking to Daybreak he said this morning's result at Eastleigh was "really exciting", as the party gained so many votes from Tory, Labour and Lib Dem voters.

He said looking forward to to 2015, the party needs to focus on getting more members, and more presence in UKIP's "weaker parts of the country."

Eastleigh was a 'complete disaster' for Conservatives

Speaking to Daybreak, Daily Mail journalist Andrew Pierce said that this morning's win at Eastleigh for the Liberal Democrats is a "complete disaster for the Conservative party."

The Lib Dems won by less than two thousand votes in the by-election, managing to hold off a UKIP surge.

Journalists Andrew Pierce and Kevin Maguire Credit: Daybreak

The Daily Mirror's associate editor Kevin Maguire added that UKIP should be "deliriously happy" with their result, receiving more votes than the Conservative party.

He added: "It's a nightmare for David Cameron who played his Europe card, who thought that would stem the flood of Tory voters going to UKIP. It hasn't happened."

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