Farage 'will stand in 2015'

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has confirmed that he will stand for parliament in the 2015 general election. He added that his party was "not some little pressure group that will go away."

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UKIP have great expectations in local elections

Polls have closed in the local elections. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

The Conservatives have told anyone who would listen that they won these seats in 2009 when Gordon Brown was very unpopular indeed. So the only way they can really go is backwards. The big question is how far back will they go and where did their support go.

If you have not failed to notice in the past few days, UKIP have great expectations, particularly in places like in Essex, where they do not have any councillors at the moment and in neighbouring Kent, where they have just one councillor.

I suspect that will be the story we will be talking about tomorrow.

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