It is remarkable that some in the party are drawing comfort from a rise of just 0.8 per cent in their vote.
Douglas Carswell becomes Ukip's first elected MP, while the party almost wins a second seat.
Ukip threaten Labour in 2015 and beyond.
Victory is unlikely, but the local Ukip campaign think they could come within single digits tonight, as our forecast suggested this week.
Conservative HQ is very concerned about Ukip "piling on the pressure" for another Tory MP to defect.
Gordon Henderson MP once said the politician he most admires is Nigel Farage; there are many signs that point to him being the next defector.
The Tories need to play on the fact that Ukip is still not a credible party.
Rochester and Strood MP says the Conservative leadership "aren't serious about the change that I think this country needs."
There simply isn’t much room for the party to grow on the right.
Ukip will throw the kitchen sink at coastal towns next year, such as South Thanet, Folkestone and Skegness. How to dodge the purple rosette?