Ukip wins European elections with ease to set off political earthquake
For the first time in modern history, neither Labour nor Conservatives have won a British national election.
Nigel Farage has unleashed his much-promised political earthquake across British politics as Ukip stormed to victory in the European elections, performing powerfully across the country.
The Eurosceptic party’s victory marked the first time in modern history that neither Labour nor the Conservatives have won a British national election.
In a stunning warning to the established political parties, Ukip was on course to win as much as 28% of the national poll. That is a near doubling of the 16.5% it secured in the last European elections in 2009, when it came second to the Tories with 13 seats.
Twenty years ago, in its first European election, Ukip managed 1% of the vote.
The Liberal Democrats suffered a near-total wipeout losing all but one of its 11 MEPs and placing serious pressure on Nick Clegg to justify his leadership of his party as its share of the national vote was 7 %.
Labour was predicting that when all the final results are assembled it will have polled 25.7% and the Tories 24.5%, but Labour was dependent on a very strong showing in the capital against the Conservatives to ensure it pushed the governing party into third place. The Green party will have come fourth.
Farage said the result justified the description of an earthquake because “never before in the history of British politics has a party seen to be an insurgent party ever topped the polls in a national election”.
He claimed voters had “delivered about the most extraordinary result that has been seen in British politics for 100 years and I am proud to have led them to that.” The Ukip leader predicted that as a consequence: “We may well see one party leader forced out of his position and another to reconsider his policy of opposition to a referendum on Europe, and David Cameron will have to take a much tougher negotiating stance. It is now not beyond the bounds of possibility that we hold the balance of power in another hung parliament.”