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Last week, in two by-elections, 32,129 people voted for UKIP -- more than the combined Tory and Labour vote,
So we think it's safe to say that the fox is well and truly in the Westminster hen house! Congratulations to Douglas Carswell and John Bickley and a big pat on the back to all those who helped in the campaigns. We are very proud of them -- and not least of the 24 UKIP MEPs who worked in both campaigns.
The Prime Minister still says that a vote for UKIP is a vote for Miliband. But in Clacton it was a vote for UKIP delivering a UKIP MP. And in Heywood & Middleton, it was votes for the Tories that allowed the Labour candidate to scrape through.
These results leave Tory and Labour politicians, who have spent recent years repeatedly claiming UKIP could not be taken seriously, busily reassessing the political landscape.
Roll on May, 2015!
Roger Helmer and Margot Parker, UKIP MEPs for the East Midlands.
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