Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has played down the threat of UKIP as British politics' third party, saying Nigel Farage stands no chance of gaining power.
Latest polling data suggested the Lib Dems would claim just 13 per cent of the vote at a General Election, behind Farage's party.
But Mr Clegg told Daybreak "there is two years to go" until the next election and added: "No one seriously thinks - even the greatest advocates of UKIP - that Nigel Farage is going to be the next Prime Minister."
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.
In an article for ITV News, the Conservative MP Adam Afriyie calls for a guarantee on an in-out EU referendum to deal with the UKIP threat.