Ukip's sweeping victory at the European and council elections are not just protest votes and suggesting so "is a bit condescending", according to a senior party figure.
Peter Whittle, Ukip's culture spokesman, told Good Morning Britain voters "had seen common sense in UKIP" and "60% of people who voted for us are saying they are considering voting for us at the general election."
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.