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Ukip has arrived in Labour territory, but what next?

Nigel Farage failed to win his seat, but his party has made significant gains

By Matthew Goodwin  

Farage: the right man for the job? ©Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

One of the most intriguing developments in the general election was the emergence of Ukip in many traditionally Labour-held seats. While much of the attention was inevitably focused on South Thanet–where Nigel Farage failed in his quest to enter Westminster—less noticed were Ukip’s results outside of Conservative-held marginal seats. In the north west Ukip polled 32 per cent in Heywood and Middleton. In south…

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