Ukip today confirmed its status as the official opposition in some areas of the country, as leader Nigel Farage said the party now has to be taken seriously.
ITV News Political Correspondent Romilly Weeks was with Farage as he celebrated his success in Essex.
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UKIP's successes in the local elections have raised the possibility of them winning a Westminster seat at the general election.
A year ahead of the general election, Ed Miliband's party is seeing only patchy support in areas it should expect to gain ground.
UKIP are likely to make Rotherham a key target for 2015 after a storming result in the local elections.