Labour Euro MP for the East of England Richard Howitt used his acceptance speech (in last month's) European Election count to claim "Farage is a mirage."
The Labour Euro MP praised the big increase in Labour's vote and said Labour remained well-placed for next year's General Election.
Richard Howitt MEP said:
Our local result saw a 50 per cent increase in Labour's vote, in a result nationally in which there has been a big increase in the number of Labour MEPs and where Labour has beaten the Conservatives in a European Election for the first time in twenty years.
I fully accept Labour has to do more to convince disenchanted voters.
But we can acknowledge the concerns of those who voted UKIP, which we do, without adopting UKIP's answers - which we won't.
Fringe right-wing parties like UKIP have also seen good results tonight in France, Denmark and across Europe. This is a protest vote but one that doesn't change the fact that at the General Election next year, Labour is the alternative party of government, and remains best-placed to win.
In the speech, Richard Howitt MEP deliberately aped UKIP's slogan "wanting our country back" to criticise their rise nationally, by saying:
When I hear their statements about our country, I think of the great British tradition of tolerance and diversity. I want to tell you – I want our country back too.
My message is 'Farage is a mirage'.
Richard is an active Euro MP across the East of England, visiting people, community groups, businesses and European projects in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Luton, Norfolk, Peterborough, Southend-on-Sea, Suffolk and Thurrock.
To see what Richard has been up to in the region and in your area visit this page.