UKIP failed to translate its recent electoral triumphs into a coveted Commons seat as the Conservatives secured a comfortable victory in the Newark by-election.
Robert Jenrick saw off the threat from the Eurosceptics, but the Tory majority was cut significantly from 16,152 to just 7,403.
Ukip surged from a distant fifth in 2010 to second, pushing Labour in to third place, while Liberal Democrat support was obliterated, leaving the candidate trailing in sixth place.
Ukip leader Nigel Farage conceded his party had been defeated while the votes were still being counted, but hailed the result as Ukip’s “strongest ever by-election performance”.
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