Rise of ‘Eurosceptic party’ in UK

Farage’s party claims it has overtaken Lib Dems after edging closer to first Commons seat with strong by-election results

Anxiety in the Conservative Party about the rise of the UK Independence Party has increased after the anti-EU party won second place in two parliamentary by-elections.

As Ukip claimed it is now Britain’s third party ahead of the Liberal Democrats, there were renewed Tory calls for an electoral pact with Ukip at the 2015 general election in the hope that this would prevent it denying David Cameron victory.