A second-place spot in South Holland and The Deepings has led UKIP candidate David Parsons to vow that his party is “here to stay”.
Mr Parsons won almost 22 per cent of the vote in coming second to John Hayes in the race to be the constituency’s next MP.
UKIP has tripled its vote in this election and the one thing that people in South Holland and The Deepings have said is that UKIP is here and that UKIP is here to stay.South Holland and The Deepings UKIP parliamentary candidate David Parsons
UKIP finished ahead of Labour’s Matthew Mahabadi, the Green Party’s Dan Wilshire and George Smid for the Liberal Democrats.
Mr Parsons said: “I’m ecstatic because to get nearly 11,000 votes, when we only polled 3,246 in 2010, is a truly remarkable result.
“I owe that to the people of South Holland and The Deepings who have put their faith in us and it’s a huge platform for us to fight future elections on.
“I am a member of a party, the only party, that has increased its share of the vote since the 2010 election.
“In fact, UKIP has tripled its vote in this election and the one thing that people in South Holland and The Deepings have said is that UKIP is here and that UKIP is here to stay.”
Mr Parsons put UKIP’s runners-up spot down to a three-fold platform of reduced EU immigration, stronger public services and “getting our country back”.
“People here have been marvellous and they’ve really welcomed me, taken me to their hearts and I think they’re great,” Mr Parsons said.
“They wanted to talk about bringing immigration from the EU down, defending our public services and getting our country back basically.
“That was the message we took to the people and we had a huge response from it.
“I’d like to give my services again to people here in whatever election they choose to stand me in.”