TORBAY'S Lib Dem MP Adrian Sanders believes UKIP could target the bay at next year's General Election.
Mr Sanders was writing on his Facebook profile the morning after the UK Independence Party swept to its best night ever at the European Elections.
Nigel Farage's anti-EU party topped the polls by some margin in Torbay and Teignbridge.
Mrs Sanders wrote: "The count in Torbay covered the whole of the Bay and not just the Torbay Parliamentary constituency. Around a third of the electorate reside in the Brixham wards, Galmpton with Churston ward, and Blatchcombe Ward that are in the Totnes constituency.
"The declaration across the bay varied significantly from the South West region and the rest of the UK. While UKIP topped the poll, as they have done in the past two European Elections in Torbay, they increased their share of the vote by an impressive 7.7%.
"Their 42.6% share of the total vote must make Torbay, and possibly Totnes as well, major targets for UKIP at the General Election."
He went on: "For me it’s a sense of deja vu. In 2009 the (Lib Dem) Party came a poor third across the bay, the Tories were jubilant even though they had been beaten by UKIP, Labour claimed they were on the up because the Lib Dems had fallen back, but 11 months later I increased my majority within the Torbay constituency boundaries.
"I am not at all complacent but I know having observed these matters over many years that people vote in different numbers for different reasons at different elections and if a week is a long time in politics, 11 months is an eternity."