Nigel Farage has told ITV News Ukip will not unite with Front National, the right-wing French party led Marine Le Pen, and the party will instead seek to join forces with parties that have views "consistent with classical liberal democracy".
Asked who he would recommend as next European Commission President, Mr Farage joked: "I was thinking of throwing my own hat into the ring."
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.