The biggest electoral problem faced by UKIP was highlighted by last night's Heywood and Middleton by-election result. As expected the Tories split the UKIP vote, effectively handing the result to Labour. The UKIP mantra vote Tory and get Labour seems to have been vindicated.
From the BBC
Heywood and Middleton by-election result
Liz McInnes (Lab) 11,633 (40.86%)
John Bickley (UKIP) 11,016 (38.69%)
Iain Gartside (Con) 3,496 (12.28%)
Anthony Smith (LD) 1,457 (5.12%)
Abi Jackson (Green) 870 (3.06%)