|UKIP leader Nigel Farage|
- The anti-immigration, anti-EU UKIP is driving the big government loving British establishment parties crazy in local and EU elections.
- Full results may not be available until Monday. We will keep you posted.
(BBC News) - From the very first result - a council ward in safe Labour Sunderland - the tremors could be felt. UKIP secured 30% of the vote in an area where it hadn't even run before.
It was soon clear that we were witnessing something very significant - the emergence of a fourth national political force capable of disrupting the hopes and plans of each of the established three parties.
The Farage factor has cut Tory support the most - Essex man has shown signs of becoming UKIP man.
It has, though, also damaged Labour - challenging them in their northern heartlands and undermining Ed Miliband's hopes of winning in key election battlegrounds in the Midlands.
The Liberal Democrats have watched in despair as the protest votes they used to harvest have gone elsewhere.
It is worth remembering that once every vote is counted UKIP will not run a single council, they will still have far fewer councillors than their rivals, they will not, of course, have an MP but - in the words of one Labour council leader - they will have caused mayhem.
And that's before a single vote has been counted in the European elections.
UKIP's Paul Nuttall reflects election results
Labour Loses Seats to UKIP
Ukip has won 10 seats in Rotherham, in the process ousting several prominent Labour councillors, including the deputy leader of the council. The assertive victory was seized on by the anti-EU party as proof that it appeals to working-class Labour voters as well as disaffected Tories. The results far exceeded Ukip hopes and Labour's worst fears.
The anti-EU party won seven seats from Labour and two from the Conservatives and held the one seat it won in a byelection last year. It also scooped up votes from the disintegrating British National Party, which had two councillors in its 2008 peak. Labour will keep control of the council it has run for 80 years, but Ukip is now the official opposition reports the UK Guardian.
Another high-profile victim was Richard Russell, the Labour member for Rother Vale and cabinet member for waste. Responding to the defeat, John Healey, Labour MP for Wentworth and Dearne, said: "It's a message for all the political parties: wake up. People are angry. They are saying they aren't hearing enough of what they feel in what we are politicians are saying."
He added: "For me today was compounded when I was out knocking on doors and one man, a lifelong Labour voter, said to me: 'John, I'm voting for Ukip today. You all need a kicking'."