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Conservative leader in Lincolnshire: working with UKIP could be "shambolic"

A Conservative leader has admitted a local authority coalition with the UK Independence Party (UKIP) would be difficult as he knows very little about its new councillors.

UKIP secured 16 of the 77 seats on Lincolnshire County Council, having previously held none.

The Tories fell three seats short of retaining overall control of the authority after losing 25 divisions to leave them with 36 of the 77 available.

"The trouble with UKIP is they are all new councillors.

"If we are going to work with people, we need to know what they are about and where they are coming from.

"I am not ruling it out but it seems difficult to get through those problems.

"I think David Cameron and the Coalition have got to show more that they are not just taking rural and suburban areas for granted."

– Martin Hill, Conservative group leader

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Losing Lincolnshire deputy leader: "lunatics have taken over the asylum"

John "Eddy" Poll

Former Lincolnshire County Council deputy leader John "Eddy" Poll, who lost his Spalding East and Moulton seat to UKIP last night, told Calendar: " It's like the lunatics have taken over the asylum. I would have thought the Lincolnshire public would be sophisticated in their voting than that."

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Encouraging news for Lib Dems in Nottinghamshire

Liberal Democrat group leader Jason Zadrozny, has held his seat in Sutton-in-Ashfield North with a hugely increased majority.

Fellow Lib Dem, Rachel Madden in neighbouring Kirkby-in-Ashfield has also held her seat despite a strong fightback by Labour in one of its former heartlands.

UKIP have picked up a lot of extra votes in both seats, pushing the Conservatives into fourth place.

If those is repeated across the district, it could thwart Labour's hopes of taking overall control in County Hall.

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