The Conservative party was braced for a difficult Sunday night amid expectations it will lose to the UK Independence party in the European elections.

On Friday there was discomfort for Labour leader Ed Miliband, after Ukip took about one in five votes in local elections, seizing numerous council seats in Labour’s heartlands in the north.

That prompted an internal row over whether Mr Miliband should have campaigned more aggressively against the anti-EU party.

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