Ukip have won a new seat in the North East in the European elections, with the party's General Secretary Jonathon Arnott being elected.Labour's Judith Kirton-Darling and Paul Brannen have also been elected
In 2009 the seats were split three ways between Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives.
Today EU leaders voted to back Jean-Claude Juncker as new president of the very powerful EU commission, which looks like business as usual.
In Essex the potential damage Ukip could do to Miliband's Downing Street elections is clear. He is there listening to voter's concerns.
The EU parliament is about to welcome the most Eurosceptic and right-wing intake in its history.