Nigel Farage, UKIP leader
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Farage: UKIP 'not just a protest vote'

The anti-European UK Independence Party (UKIP) is celebrating its best ever result in a parliamentary poll today after winning almost 22% of the vote in a by-election.

The opposition Labour party held the seat in Rotherham, northern England, in Thursday's vote but UKIP saw a huge surge in its support to 21.79% to finish second.

Speaking on The World At One Nigel Farage, leader of the UKIP party, told presenter Shaun Ley that he believes that UKIP "are offering a real alternative".

UKIP used to be "a protest vote", he explained, but now "we are now talking about how Britain should be governed... just to say that we are a protest vote simply isn't right."