Former Conservative MP Douglas Carswell has won a landslide victory in the Clacton by-election, handing Ukip a seat in parliament for the first time.
Carswell, who previously represented the Tories in the constituency, won with 21,113 votes, representing a majority of almost 60 per cent.
Ukip also narrowly lost out to Labour in the Heywood and Middleton by-election, although Labour’s margin of victory was heavily eroded compared to the 2010 general election.
According to The Guardian, Ukip leader Nigel Farage said: “We are the most national of all political parties. We are the only party that can get big vote shares in Tory heartlands and in Labour heartlands. No other party crosses those boundaries – those old divides of left and right and the divides of class – and we cross all of those things.”