Ukip have been given a boost in the run up to the European elections after Ofcom ruled that broadcasters have to treat them in the same way as any other major party.
The decision means Ukip will be given the same status as the Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats for election broadcasts and news coverage of the May 22 contest.
The old BBC rules (slightly different from the Ofcom ones) were that the top three parties at the previous election of this type must be treated equally. So, at these coming euros Tory, UKIP and Lab get to be at that top table. The Lib Dems don’t, they having to mull around in the Gods with the Welsh PC lot, the Greens and anyone else who stumps up the money to stand.
This ruling says that the Lib Dems still get to be treated seriously despite coming fourth last time. As I say, it’s a victory for them.