UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage
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UKIP leader Nigel Farage expects 'big increase' in vote

UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage has launched his party's local election manifesto, saying he expects a "big increase" in its vote.

Mr Farage said he could not predict where UKIP might gain seats, or in which parts of the country, but added ''we will travel optimistically''.

UKIP is contesting about 30% of the seats - 800 candidates - up for election in England on 3 May.

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