The Conservatives have kept control of county hall in Kent - just; but tonight it is UKIP who are celebrating after winning seats on the council, seven of them in Thanet.
History was made as UKIP became the official opposition party on the authority, and the green party won their first seat on the council - winning from a conservative. A leading Kent Tory said they had to learn the lessons and 'reconnect' with their core voters.
The new make up of the council is Conservatives 45, UKIP 17 , Labour 13, Lib Dems 7 and 2 others including Kent's first Green county councillor. John Ryall sent this report just before the final results came in.
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.