The UK Independence Party has come within a few hundred votes of a stunning by-election upset in a result that lays bare Labour’s vulnerability to the party in the North.
Nigel Farage’s party received more than 11,000 votes in a Labour stronghold where they had almost no electoral holding in what amounted to Ukip’s best ever result in a northern England by-election.
Around 700 votes short.
You only need a little bit of variance around those sorts of levels at a GE to win at least some of those Labour northern strongholds. That’s rather ore of a game changer than the Clacton win really.