UKIP leader Nigel Farage
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UKIP's Nigel Farage says 'Send in the clowns'

3 May 2013 Last updated at 11:51 BST

Nigel Farage says Thursday's local elections in England and Wales signal "a real sea change" in British politics, after UKIP made early gains.

The party is averaging 26% of the vote in the wards where it is standing, something Mr Farage says puts them in a strong position for 2015.

In a jubilant mood, he told the BBC, "send in the clowns", referring to jibes from senior Tories in the war of words before Thursday's vote.