UKIPs attempt to grab Tory seats in Essex came to a crashing halt in Thurrock shortly before dawn this morning.
Conservative MP Jackie Doyle-Price increased her majority in a three-way fight with Labour and UKIP.
The result was also a personal blow for Labour leader Ed Miliband. His party's candidate Polly Billington was a former aide.
UKIP came third in Thurrock and also failed into two other Essex target seats, Basildon South & Thurrock East.