UKIP clean up in local elections

Published on Friday, 03 May 2013 09:41
Posted by Scott Buckler

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has hailed early gains in council elections across England as "remarkable" for the party

UKIP has won 42 seats so far and is averaging 26% of the vote in the wards where it is standing.

Mr Farage said it put his party in a "very strong position" in the run up to the next general election.

The Conservatives have lost control of two councils, but retained five others, while Labour made modest gains in the Midlands and the south of England.

Contests are taking place in 27 English county councils and seven unitary authorities, as well as in Anglesey. About 2,300 council seats are up for grabs in England, in a major mid-term test for the coalition government.

Most of the counts will take place later on Friday.

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