In a speech at the party's conference in Exeter today, the leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), Nigel Farrage, has spoken of a "wholesale rejection of the career political class". He claimed that whilst UKIP voters wanted to "stick two fingers up to the establishment" they represented "something far more powerful than a protest vote."
Commenting on the Conservative, Lib Dem and Labour Parties, he said that "We have really had enough of them" and continued "They really do all look the same... they all go to the same schools, the same Oxbridge colleges. None of them has ever had a job in the real world and not one of them is in politics for principle. That is what we stand for."
The party's best-known policies are opposition to membership of the EU and limits on immigration.
On immigration from Eastern Europe, he said "Our message is simple, we are not against anybody, we wish people from all those former communist countries the very best, but it cannot make sense for us to open our doors to massive oversupply in the unskilled labour market in this country, at a time when we have a million people out of work."
Responding to concerns on these, and other controversial issues, he stated "We're not hamstrung by political correctness, we are not afraid to take on the issues that others would simply brush under the carpet."
UKIP gained the second highest votes at the recent Eastleigh by-election, beating the Conservatives into third position. UKIP had 27.8% of the vote on a 52% turnout. The seat was won by Lib Dem candidate Mike Thornton.
Local elections will be held across England and Wales on 2 May.