Elections: where next? : British establishment reeling after stunning Ukip victory

This is the first time in over a century that a British national poll has not been won by either Labour or the Tories, writes Ben Quinn.

1st June, 2014
Nigel Farage has rebuffed approaches by France's Front National to form an alliance. Photo: Getty

As images of jubilant French far right supporters flashed on a screen at London’s European election count last Sunday, a tired-looking Conservative MEP gave an almost Gallic shrug as he waited for word of his own fate.

“It’s depressing, but then that’s France. So many people I know there are voting Front National,” he added, before glancing across at a nearby cluster of beaming United Kingdom Independence Party (Ukip) supporters. Beginning to speak,...

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