Farage: We're coming for YOU, Red Ed':
- Farage boasts there is no limit to UKIP's ambitions as he reveals plan to go after Miliband's Doncaster seat.
- In the wake of Euro triumph Tories, Labour and Lib Dems face fresh turmoil as results are announced.
- After the EU election, UKIP has 24 MEPs and 29% of the vote up 11.68%.
- Farage sets sights on policy launch in Doncaster.
- Clegg rejects calls to quit as leader after 'gutting' Lib Dem bloodbath
- Nick Griffin (being a political prositute for Jewish Supremacists) says UKIP policies are 'racist' and voters will come back to Jewish dominated BNP to be wasted, ignoring how his career just ended and his era of defilement brought to a sudden end.
- Boris Johnson claims surge in UKIP support is part of 'peasants' revolt'
- Tony Blair is 'worried' by rise of UKIP fuelling 'anti-immigrant feeling', note it is not the other way around, UKIP is creating a positive effect.
Nigel Farage today announced UKIP would go after Ed Miliband in his Doncaster seat as part of a campaign to win a 'good number' of MPs in 2015.
The UKIP leader told critics who think his party has peaked with last night's victory in the European elections 'you ain't seen nothing yet', as he announced plans to launch new party policy in the Labour leader's backyard.
With 11 regions declared, UKIP has won more than 27 per cent of the vote, electing 24 MEPs, leaving Labour and the Tories to battle it out for second for the first time in 100 years.
In a speech to a victory rally in central London, Mr Farage said the party would now focus on trying to win next week's Newark by-election before attempting to secure enough MPs in Westminster to hold the balance of power in a hung parliament.
With only Northern Ireland left to declare, UKIP has 24 MEPs, up 11 since 2009, including its first MEP in Scotland. Labour has 20 seats and the Tories 19 seats in Brussels, with Labour narrowly ahead on vote share - 25.4 per cent to 23.93 per cent. Support for Ukip has surged by more than 12 per cent, outstripping a more modest boost in votes for Labour, while the Lib Dems faced near-wipeout, slipping into fifth place behind the Greens.
Mr Farage said he was 'proud' of the campaign which has seen him humiliate the Westminster parties, pushing Labour and the Tories into second and third. Speaking at an event in London today, he said: 'If you think you've seen the high watermark of Ukip, you ain't seen nothing yet.
Our small party isn't so small anymore.' He announced that he would launch the new UKIP manifesto in Doncaster, where Mr Miliband is a local MP, in a direct challenge to Labour's cost of living campaign. In his speech, Mr Farage said: 'We have got to get policy right... I do feel that the manifesto as it was in 2010, 486 pages of it, was perhaps not the right way to approach politics.
'We have already been doing substantial work on the NHS, on defence, on education, on public spending and other areas, and we will unveil our outline manifesto for the next general election, and we will do it in a town called Doncaster. 'It is a town in which Ed Miliband is the MP, it's a town in which yesterday we topped the polls, and we will have an honest conversation with the British public about the cost-of-living crisis and about how we can make life better and more affordable for ordinary families in this country. Policy will happen in Doncaster in September.'
Mr Farage said he was 'over the moon' and predicted that Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg could be forced to quit after losing 11 of his 12 MEPs, despite pitching the Lib Dems as a the 'party of in'.
On a dramatic political night: The Lib Dems clung on to just one MEP - in the South East - as it faced wipeout elsewhere Labour only narrowly beat the Tories after failing to make progress in key areas where they must win at the general election The BNP lost its place in Brussels, as leader Nick Griffin conceded defeat David Cameron rejected local electoral deals with Ukip at next year’s general election, as he dismissed Mr Farage's image as a 'normal bloke down the pub' Mr Farage hailed the first election triumph for a minor party in more than 100 years Across Europe, far-right and Eurosceptic parties swept to victory in many countries With all the main parties left reeling about how to tackle the rise of UKIP, Mr Blair said action had to be taken to show how Mr Farage offers no solutions to the problems of modern Britain.
Speaking on Swedish television, Mr Blair said: 'Of course we should be worried when a party like UKIP comes first in the European election, it would be foolish not to be. But on the other hand we also have to stand for what is correct and right for the future of Britain in the 21st century. 'When the world is changing so fast, to end up having the debate dominated by anti-immigrant feeling and a desire to get Britain out of Europe, these are not solutions for the 21st century.
They might be expressions of anger about what is happening in the world but they are not answers to what is happening in the world. 'Of course we have to respond in Europe as a whole on these issues but we have also got to have the courage and the leadership to stand up and take these people on. And in the end it's an ideology and philosophy that has nothing to offer people.'
As Ukip was triumphing in the UK, across the Channel France’s far-right National Front was on course for a massive victory in European elections tonight as the country swung behind its anti-immigration, anti-EU agenda. UKIP appears to have eaten into the support of all the main parties, although the Tory vote seems to be more resilient in some areas, down only four per cent before London and Scotland were declared.
Mr Farage said: 'Never before in the history of British politics has a party that will be seen to be an insurgent party ever topped the polls in a national election. 'We go on surprising people. I am delighted with the way the campaign has gone.
It has been a pretty remarkable journey. 'We have formed the people's army to fight the establishment. I love Europe, it's the European Union I have a problem with.' Confirmed as an MEP in the South East region, Mr Farage added: 'This is just about the most extraordinary result in British politics in 100 years.'
UKIP's victory in the polls is the first time a national election had not been won by either the Tories or Labour party since 1906, and raise doubts about either party’s hopes of securing an overall majority next year. Labour strategists had been clinging to the hope that their party could yet edge victory, with some polls having narrowed in the closing stages of the campaign.
But the Tories pushed Mr Miliband's party into third before the London result was announced. No opposition has gone on to win a general election has failed to top the European Parliament polls. 'My dream has become a reality,' Mr Farage told the BBC.
'The British people have stood firm, they have backed Ukip and we have won a national election.
I'm over the moon.' While jubilant UKIP celebrated its stunning victory, the Lib Dems were plunged into fresh turmoil with Mr Clegg clinging to his job. His high stakes gamble to take on Mr Farage in two head-to-head TV debates has dramatically backfired. Mr Clegg refused to resign, insisting he had not even considered quitting in the wake of another round o dire election results.
He said the loss of seats was 'gutting' but vowed to 'finish the job' in a rebuff to critics in his party who warn he is now toxic for many voters. Pitching the Lib Dems as the true voice of pro-EU politics in Britain, Mr Clegg saw his MEPs wiped out in almost every region in the country.
The Lib Dems won 11 MEPs in 2009, and gained another through a defection. But just Catherine Bearder held her seat in the South East, making her the only Lib Dem in Brussels when they previously had 12. Lib Dem grandee Sir Graham Watson also lost his seat in the South West, with the Green party taking his place.
''It has been a pretty awful night for the Liberal Democrats" Mr Clegg’s position now looks precarious, after around 250 Lib Dems – including candidates and ex-MPs – signed a letter calling for him to resign. But ahead of tonight’s results the party leadership told its members to prepare to lose most – if not – all of their seats.
In the popular share of the vote the Lib Dems slumped to just 6.87 per cent, barely half what it achieved in 2009. Lib Dem president Tim Farron said the results were 'as bad as I feared' as it faced losing all of its MEPS. Treasury minister Danny Alexander added: 'It has been a pretty awful night for the Liberal Democrats.' But other Lib Dems said the time has come for Mr Clegg to go.
Martin Tod, a member of the party's federal executive, accused the leadership of complacency in the face of another dire set of results. 'I'm just really concerned that if we stay with Nick and we stay with the current strategy, that we will get the result that this year has told us we will get in next year’s general election,' he told the BBC.
The local and European elections have claimed a high-profile casualty In Ireland. The leader of the Labour Party, the junior partner in government, announced Monday he is resigning after voters punished his party. The decision by Eamon Gilmore, who is also foreign minister and deputy prime minister, raises new doubts about whether Ireland's two-party government can survive its full five-year term to 2016. Gilmore, 59, announced he would quit after seven years in charge rather than face a no-confidence vote among Labour lawmakers.
Gilmore said he intended to remain in Cabinet until Labour elects his replacement July 4. Labour is in a coalition government with the center-right Fine Gael party. While MEPs are elected by region, a breakdown of early results from council areas put UKIP top in Eastleigh, South Somerset, Bournemouth, Vale of Glamorgan, Thurrock, Tendring, Mansfield, Rotherham, North West Leicestershire, Basildon and North East Lincolnshire.
Ukip's Roger Helmer said the party had topped the poll in Newark, where he will fight a Westminster by-election next month. He told Sky News: 'Britain is sending a hugely powerful message to the political classes tonight and I think Newark will relish the opportunity of reinforcing that message on Thursday week.'
A strong showing in the nationwide Euro elections vote will be seen as vindication after weeks of deeply damaging headlines and accusations of racism, sexism and homophobia aimed at UKIP candidates. However, Mr Farage was forced to reject the idea that UKIP MEPs would site in Brussels with far-right groups like the French National Front. Exit polls in France put it on an historic 25 per cent of the vote – a full 11 percentage points higher than the ruling Socialists.
Marine Le Pen, the Front National (FN) party leader, heralded a ‘historic victory’ in which ‘the sovereign people of France have spoken loud and clear’. Early estimates suggested the number of Eurosceptic MEPs in Brussels could double. In Denmark, the anti-immigration far-right People's Party is on course to win with 23 per cent while in Hungary, the extreme-right Jobbik - accused of racism and anti-Semitism - was running second Elsewhere, in Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats were expected to secure victory with 36 per cent of the vote.
In Greece, the poll was topped by the radical left anti-austerity Syriza movement, beating the governing New Democracy into second place. In the UK, immigration dominated much of the campaign, with UKIP arguing proper border controls were not possible while in the EU. The Tory promise of an in-out referendum, if Mr Cameron is PM in 2017, has failed to prevent the loss of support to UKIP. Eurosceptic Conservative MPs said the results from across Europe proved their point.
Harwich and Essex MP Bernard Jenkin wrote on Twitter: 'Some of us who opposed Maastricht 20 years ago predicted it would lead to the rise of the right in the EU: and here we are.' Douglas Carswell, the Clacton MP, said: 'So maybe those of us who sometimes banged on about Europe were on to something?' Foreign Secretary William Hague said Brussels had to acknowledge the 'deep disillusionment and deep dissatisfaction' of voters across Europe. He told the BBC he believed that Ukip's support would switch for next year's general election: 'They can have a free hit , they can have a vote that does not have the consequence of bringing the wrong government in. 'So it is very different to a general election.'
In an embarrassment for Labour leader Ed Miliband, Ukip even topped the poll in Doncaster, where he is an MP. Ukip had 35 per cent of the vote, up 19 points on 2009. Labour were pushed into second on 34 per cent. After gaining more than 160 council seats in England on Thursday, Mr Farage declared that the ‘UKIP fox is in the Westminster hen house’. Mr Cameron faced embarrassment on polling day when new figures showed net migration hit 212,000 in 2013, more than double his target of reducing it to the 'tens of thousands'.
Home Secretary Theresa May today insisted it remained a target, but would be 'more difficult' to meet by the general election. She blamed 'heated' conversations with the Lib Dems in the coalition for failing to make more progress on immigration curbs. In an attempt to win over disaffected voters who have backed to Ukip Tory ministers are preparing a series of measures to limit EU immigration and ‘benefit tourism’, as well as a fresh push to get a referendum Bill into law. Defence Secretary Philip Hammond claimed most people who voted UKIP last week were ‘lender voters’ who would switch back to the Tories for the General Election next year.
He told Sky News that the Government needed to address ‘specific concerns about immigration and about Europe’. In Thursday's local elections UKIP made gains across the country, depriving the Tories, Labour and Lib Dems of seats and overall control of major authorities. Even before the Euro result was announced, Mr Cameron, Mr Miliband and Mr Clegg have been forced to defend their policies and explain how their plan to tackle UKIP in future. Meanwhile Mr Cameron has been urged by influential Tory MP David Davis to bring forward his promised EU referendum by a year to 2016 in a bid to persuade defectors to UKIP he is serious.
Chancellor George Osborne said he and David Cameron were ready to 'respond to the anger justifiably felt with answers' to concerns about issues such as immigration and welfare. Accepting that the latest results were likely to make more uncomfortable reading he conceded that 'too many people who share our values did not feel able to vote for us'.
He dismissed calls from some eurosceptic backbenchers for an electoral pact with UKIP. Labour won more than 300 extra seats in the local elections, but failed to secure progress in some target areas because of a surge by UKIP. Mr Miliband will next week visit the scene of one of the party's biggest disappointments, Thurrock, in Essex, number two on its Westminster target list, where it actually lost control of the council.