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Ukip celebrates the Barnsley effect

Nigel Farage says: “I love Europe. I’ve drunk more Rioja than anyone alive!”

One of the beneficiaries of the Liberal Democrats' disastrous performance in the Barnsley by-election was the UK Independence Party, whose candidate Jane Collins came second only to Labour. This weekend, Ukip has been celebrating that result at its spring conference in Scarborough.

Its leader, Nigel Farage, addressed the conference yesterday. You can watch his speech here:

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