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UKIP leader Nigel Farage said he could "scarcely believe" how well his party has done at yesterday's local elections.
Mr Farage told ITV News Political Editor Tom Bradby his mood was 10 out of 10:
Hampshire County Council leader Ken Thornber has announced he is to step down after fourteen years in the post. He denies it's anything to do with UKIP gaining seats on the council and told our correspondent Andrew Pate why he felt he had to go.
Isle of Wight council leader David Pugh has lost his seat today by 10 votes. Richard Priest (Independent) beat him. The pair speak to Meridian.
The Conservative Party has held Surrey County Council with 58 seats - three more than the party won at the last local election in 2009.
While the Liberal Democrats lost four seats, UKIP jumped from one seat to three, winning around a third of the votes in some parts of the county.
- Conservative - 58
- Labour - 1
- Lib Dems - 9
- Other - 3
- Green - 1
- UKIP - 3
The local election in Surrey had a 30 percent turnout, the county council said.
The Conservatives have lost overall control on the Isle of Wight. More follows
The Conservatives have retained overall control of West Sussex County Council but UKIP has made big gains. The final results are:
- Conservatives 46
- UKIP 10
- Lib Dems 8
- Labour 6
- Independents 1