Nigel Farage: UKIP to be ‘Serious Players’ at General Election
UKIP leader Nigel Farage has said his party will be “serious players” at the 2015 general election, in with a chance of securing representation in the House of Commons for the first time.
As results came in from England’s local elections, showing gains for UKIP across the country, he said: “The UKIP fox is in the Westminster hen house.”
Despite its gains, the party does not yet control any local authorities.
Labour is also making gains with Tories and Lib Dems both losing councillors.
Turnout looks set to be about 36%. Most results in 161 English councils are still to come. Euro election results are due on Sunday. Eleven councils in Northern Ireland are also up for grabs.
The surge in support for UKIP has sent shockwaves through the main parties at Westminster, with just a year to go before the next general election.
Mr Farage said: “There are areas of the country where now we have got an imprint in local government. Under the first-past-the-post system we are serious players.” The success of UKIP in Essex cost Labour control of Thurrock council.