Nigel Farage Says Ukip Could Be In Coalition Government In 2015

Ukip does not even have a single MP at the moment, but Nigel Farage has cheekily suggested his party may be needed to help form a coalition government in 2015.

Riding a wave of publicity following yesterday's Mail on Sunday poll that showed his party had surged in support from 3% in 2010 to 16% today, Farage said he expected his party to make gains at the next election.

"Don't think about Ukip forming the government in 2015, but if we continue anything like our current rate of progress we will have members of parliament in Westminster," he said.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Monday, Farage added: "Who's to say, that in 2015 Ukip may well be needed in a coalition."

David Cameron and Farage traded blows across the Sunday morning chatshows, with Cameron calling Ukip "some pretty odd people."

Speaking to Dermot Murnaghan on Sky News, Farage hit back at the prime minister: "It shows how disconnected he is. If he wants to go on being rude about me and rude about Ukip well let him do it, we won't lose any sleep over it."

But in an interview with The Guardian today, Farage accepted there were "some eccentrics" in Ukip, arguing he did not want to lead a party "made up of a bland lot of ghastly people whose names I don't even know".