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Fascists and far right parties have seized on the fiasco of Poland’s local elections – in which results were delayed for a week after the poll last Sunday – to occupy the national electoral offices and demonstrate in cities across the country.

On the morning of UKIP’s election victory in the Rochester and Strood byelection, the story of the day should have been the crisis faced by the David Cameron and his government as they lose a second seat in less than a month.

Barely a month ago the Conservatives gathered in Birmingham for their annual conference and heard the news that Mark Reckless, the MP for Rochester and Strood, had defected to UKIP.

It’s not very often I get a formal invite to attend an event at an embassy. In fact I think it’s fair to say I’ve never received such an invite before.

Thousands of fascist and ultra-nationalist thugs marched through the centre of Warsaw today, hijacking Poland’s annual Independence Day celebrations.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has announced that his European Parliament group is “back”, after signing up an MEP from Poland’s Congress of the New Right – whose leader is against votes for women and claims Hitler didn’t know about the Holocaust.