After covertly and sometimes overtly encouraging Ukip, Eurosceptic Conservatives have given their party a mountain to climb.
Nigel Farage hailed the "most extraordinary result in British politics for 100 years" as Ukip topped of the Euro polls in England and Wales.
Even with rising Euroscepticism in France, Marine Le Pen suggests it may still not be enough to make her an ally to Nigel Farage and Ukip.
Six in ten people who voted Ukip in the European elections did so as a protest, according to polling from the influential Conservative, Lord Ashcroft.
Writing on the Conservative Home website, the peer said his survey of 4,000 voters found that 60% of Ukip voters had said they were voicing anger at the party they usually vote for or registering a more general protest.
However 80% of Ukip voters also said they thought Nigel Farage's party had the best policies on Europe.
The results of Thursday's European Parliament vote will be revealed tomorrow.
Nigel Farage said Ukip's gains in the local elections "look like a fairly permanent protest" as he arrived to cheers in Thurrock this afternoon.
Mr Farage added it was difficult to predict whether his party's surge would be more harmful to Labour or the Conservatives, as many who voted Ukip "probably hadn't voted for anybody for 20 years."
Ukip leader Nigel Farage has cast his votes in the local and European elections today at a primary school in Cudham, Kent.
UKIP Leader Nigel Farage was forced to issue further apologies today for his controversial comments about Romanian immigrants.
Speaking to ITV News' Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen whilst out on the campaign trail in Kent, Farage emphasised that people "shouldn't be concerned, but they probably are concerned, particularly if they live in London."
"I don't want us to live in a country where people have to be concerned." He added.
"The reason people are concerned is they know, because they have read in the newspapers - the very same newspapers that are now criticising me who run big double-paged spreads saying there is a crime wave in London coming from Romania." He also said.
The Prime Minister and the Leader of the Oppostion are both considered the most trustworthy political party leaders, ahead of the European Elections on Thursday.
In a joint ComRes and ITV News poll, David Cameron and Ed Miliband shared top spot with 17% of those polled finding the pair most trustworthy of the party leaders.
ComRes interviewed 2,061 British adults online between 16th and 18th May 2014. Data were weighted to be demographically representative of all GB adults aged 18+.
David Cameron is the political leader thought most competent, according to a joint ComRes and ITV News poll.
In the online survey of 2,061 British adults, 28% thought that the Prime Minister was most competent, some 27% felt him the most intelligent and 28% felt him the most likely to 'get things done.'
Ukip is still leading the race for votes in the European elections, but their advantage is narrowing with just days to go until the polling stations open, as ComRes and ITV News poll has found.
With just a few days to go ahead of the elections to the European Parliament, Ukip appears on course to top the poll, with 33% of Britons who say that they are certain to vote in Thursday’s election say that they would vote for Nigel Farage's party.
The survey of 2,061 British adults also found that 27% of those who said they will vote would vote for Labour and 20% who would vote Conservative.
However, their headway is diminishing. The party is down from 11 points in the last ComRes poll for ITV News at the end of April, to only six points now. Ukip’s vote share has fallen five points from 38% to 33%.
Labour’s vote share remains steady, the Conservatives have increased two points, while the Liberal Democrats fall one point to 7%.
Nigel Farage is the political leader most likely to be considered 'weird', according to a poll by ComRes and ITV News.
The survey showed that, despite Ukip’s lead in the polls, Nigel Farage is the leader most likely to be considered “weird” by the British public. 31% of Britons think he is the leader that best fits the description, compared to 23% who say the same of Ed Miliband, 9% who say Nick Clegg.
Just 7% of those polled thought Prime Minister David Cameron fitted that description.
ComRes interviewed 2,061 British adults online between 16th and 18th May 2014.