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UKIP leader remains 'positive' despite Lincolnshire losses

The leader of UKIP has denied that wholescale losses in Lincolnshire's local elections were a disaster for his party, during a visit to Boston today.

Paul Nuttall was meeting people in the town he hopes will vote for him as MP in next month's General Election. Despite losing every council seat they held in the county, Mr Nuttall said he remained positive about UKIP's future.

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Tories strengthen grip on Northants County Council

The Conservatives have increased their overall majority on Northamptonshire County Council to 29.

The Conservatives have increased their overall majority on Northamptonshire County Council to 29.

The Labour party remain the official opposition on the council and gained a single additional seat.

The Liberal Democrats were cut to two members while UKIP lost all three of the seats the party won in 2013.

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UKIP vote collapses in its former Lincolnshire heartlands

  • Video report by ITV News Political Correspondent Paul Brand

Ukip saw a dreadful day in the local elections - and nowhere more than in their former heartlands in Lincolnshire.

The party went from the official council opposition to being wiped off the electoral map as voters abandoned the party in droves - with most switching over to the Conservatives.

Many said that they did not like current leader Paul Nuttall - who is due to stand as an MP in the area's Boston and Skegness constituency in 2017.

Others believed that with the vote for Brexit won, Theresa May was in the best position to deliver an exit.

With some predicting that Ukip was a spent political force, others insisted that the party would return.

Victoria Ayling, a former Ukip councillor, said: "We came from nothing and we will rise from the ashes."

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