The Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg and Labour leader Ed Miliband faced their first public appearances since the disappointing polls which seen Ukip take votes in key areas across the country.
Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg faced more questions over his leadership, whilst Labour leader Ed Miliband pledged to listen to voters on the issue of immigration, as Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship reports:
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.