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Ukip enjoys spike in support after Farage targets Thanet

Nigel Farage MEP speaking

Ukip have taken a shock six-percentage-point leap in the polls following confirmation that Nigel Farage is intending to stand in a Tory seat in Kent. An Opinium/Observer poll has Farage's party on 21%. It appears that Ukip has taken support from both the Tories and Labour.

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Miliband steps up his game

With ten months to go until the general election, the Labour leader is tackling his criticisms head on and trying to bring politics closer to the people.