Nigel Farage says he’s not surprised to hear of Ukip’s Portsmouth success

Happy man: UKIP leader Nigel Farage
Happy man: UKIP leader Nigel Farage
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UKIP leader Nigel Farage has spoken of his delight over his party’s success in Portsmouth’s local elections.

He said he wasn’t ‘surprised’ to hear that Ukip had walked away with six seats and toppled Mike Hancock in Fratton because of the quality of the candidates it has.

Mr Farage told The News: ‘That’s marvellous that we won six seats because we had nothing.

‘I am not actually surprised. When I was down in Portsmouth the other week, I went for a drink with the Portsmouth Ukip committee and I was impressed by the quality of the people we had picked up.

‘Having met these people I am not surprised we have done well.

‘People are looking for something different.

‘They are looking for a new kind of politics.’

Mr Farage also dismissed Ukip as being a form of ‘protest’ vote.

‘A lot of our voters have not been out to vote for years,’ he said.