UKIP have responded to the Stoke by-election defeat by saying they do not need MPs because everyone does what they want anyway.
Leader Paul Nuttall admitted he only ran in Stoke Central to be polite, and the party will continue to achieve all its aims through its online army of fanatics and its weird friends in the media.
He said: “Who wants to be an MP anyway? I don’t. I’m already an MEP and I do fuck all.
“You don’t get political power at the ballot box these days. You get it by convincing the other parties that people who post things to Facebook in the middle of the night are a mass movement whose every word must be obeyed.
“Look at Labour. Look at the Tories. Neither of them wanted Brexit but now they’re both fighting about who backs it the most, while we’ve got one MP that we don’t even speak to anymore.
“Parliament. Load of bollocks. Even Theresa May knows that.”
Nuttall added: “I’m glad I’ll never see Stoke again. Though obviously that’d be no different if I’d won.”