UKIP won the Clacton by-election on 9th October which now lands the party a seat in the House of Commons. The party's leader Nigel Farage told the BBC that the outcome has 'shaken up British politics.' This also means that Douglas Carswell, who recently joined UKIP after leaving his Conservative seat as MP of Clacton in August, will now continue as the anti-immigration's party's representative in parliament.
Carswell gained 60% of the vote, dethroning the Conservative's candidate into second place. In the speech that followed the results Carswell told constintuents 'I resigned from parliament to face this election because I answer first, foremost and last to you. You are my boss.' In a related 'shake-up' Labour managed to secure its Heywood and Middleton seat, but with a diminished number due to an increase in UKIP support.