Ukip leader Nigel Farage believes his party has been "snubbed" after he was not invited to lay a poppy wreath on the Cenotaph memorial to mark Remembrance Sunday tomorrow.
He claimed the "closed shop" of British politics has blocked him from the Whitehall ceremony and he said millions of Ukip supporters will not be represented at the annual event even though his party topped the European election poll this year.
Farage expressed his disappointment with the decision and claimed that the British government chose to leave him out of the event because "they don't want anyone new to get involved."
Speaking on LBC Radio, Farage said: "We're not invited and I could say to you that personally I would like to be because this is a subject that I care very deeply about.
"But what I think is, the whole point about political representation at the Cenotaph is it's not the politician that matters, it's the voters behind the politician that matter.
"And in the last national election Ukip got 4.4 million votes and none of those people are being represented on Sunday despite the fact there are political parties with far smaller votes than that being represented."
The Cenotaph event sees state leaders lay poppy wreaths on the Grade I listed monument and a nationwide two-minute silence is traditionally observed from 11am to remember soldiers who lost their lives in the First World War.
He added: "Whether it's me or somebody else doesn't really matter. But I do think that we won the last election we should have had some representation on Sunday. And I think it's actually quite a snub to all the millions of people that have voted Ukip."
In pictures: The rise of Ukip
In pictures: The rise of Ukip
1/8 1993: Alan Sked forms Ukip
History professor Alan Sked had been active in anti-EU politics for a while beore he founded Ukip in 1993. He resigned from the party after the 1997 election, concerned that it was attracting far-right members, and has been critical of Ukip since. Picture: Reuters
2/8 2005: Kilroy defects
Former TV presenter Robert Kilroy-Silk founded Veritas in 2005, after a failed bid to become leader, and took many of Ukip's elected members with him. But the party slowly lost its popularity and didn't put forward any candidates in the last election. Picture: REUTERS/Kieran Doherty REUTERS KD/RUS
3/8 2010: Farage becomes leader, again
Farage had led Ukip from 2006 until 2009, when he stood down to fight against the Speaker, John Bercow, for his Buckingham seat. He failed to win the election and returned to lead the party in November 2010. Picture: REUTERS/Kieran Doherty
4/8 2010: Ukip fights for election
Nigel Farage was injured in a plane crash on polling day in the 2010 general election, but his party increased its success in the votes. It fielded 572 candidates and took 3.1% of the vote, though failed to win any seats. REUTERS/Darren Staples
5/8 2013: Eastleigh gains
Ukip's candidate Diane James got the highest ever number of votes for any candidate from the party, but was beaten by the Liberal Democrats. The surge in support gave Ukip confidence ahead of local and European elections later in the year. Picture: Reuters
6/8 2013: Bloom kicked out
Godfrey Bloom, who served as an Ukip MEP from 2004 to 2014, had the whip withdrawn in 2013 after sexist comments and an attack on a journalist. He sat as an independent MEP until 2014, when he ended his term in office. Picture: REUTERS/Luke MacGregor
7/8 2014: European election success
Ukip got a higher proportion of the vote than any other party in 2014's European elections, adding 11 new MEPs and taking its total to 24. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor
8/8 2014: Carswell defects
Douglas Carswell defected from Ukip at the end of August, and was followed by Mark Reckless at the end of September, who resigned from the Tories amid rumours of many more defections to come. Picture: REUTERS/Toby Melville
However, the Department of Culture, Media and Sport said their policy was to invite representatives from parties which had six or more MPs.
Clacton MP Douglas Carswell, who defected from the Conservatives in August and subsequently won the by-election as a Ukip candidate, is the only House of Commons representative for the party.
Farage, who also said he had planned to buy ceramic Tower of London poppies on eBay, claimed that the government will be in for "a terrible shock" as he insisted his party will be present at the Cenotaph event next year.Reuse content