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_82858317_b906cd15-1011-4a00-9df9-b1fabaddcb2aNigel Farage atsistatydino iš UKIP lyderio, nesugebėdamas įgyti „Thanet South“ būstinės, praradęs konservatorių Craigą Mackinlayą.

Tačiau Farage, kuris prarado beveik 3,000 balsus, sakė, kad ateityje lyderystė vėl bus svarstoma.

Speaking about his defeat he insisted he had “never felt happier”, with a “weight lifted off his shoulders”.

Buvęs konservatorius MP Douglas Carswell buvo išrinktas 2006 m Clacton, Essex ir partija laimėjo 13% balsų.

Carswell retained the seat – which UKIP won in a by-election last year – with a reduced majority of 3,437.

Farage sakė, kad jis rekomenduos pirmininko pavaduotojui Suzanne Evansui tapti lyderiu, kol bus baigtas lyderystės iššūkis.

UKIP has increased its share of the poll “massively”, winning an estimated 13% of votes, prompting calls from party members for a change to the voting system.

In his acceptance speech, Carswell called the UK system “dysfunctional”, saying: “Here in our part of Essex people voted for UKIP and they got UKIP.

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“Yet across the country, about five million people will have either voted for UKIP or for the Green Party. Those five million people will be lucky to get a tiny handful of MPs in the House of Commons.”

Mark Reckless taip pat prarado vietą Tory kandidatui Kelly Tolhurst Ročesteris ir Stroodas 16,009 balsavo už 23,142.

He had represented the Kent constituency for the Conservatives from 2010 until switching allegiance to UKIP and beating Ms Tolhurst at last November’s by-election.

Reckless told reporters: “I always knew what I was doing was a risk but nobody should under-estimate UKIP’s achievement.”

UKIP have made significant gains in many seats – boosting its share of the vote.

However, the party failed to win the key target seats of Castle Point, in Essex, as well as Labour-held Great Grimsby. It also came third in Thurrock – another high priority seat.

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