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Lib Dems in the south call for Nick Clegg to resign

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg Credit: Press Association Images

Several senior Lib Dems from the south have joined calls for Nick Clegg to resign as party leader in the wake of Thursday's elections. Lib Dem candidate in Winchester Jackie Porter says the Lib Dems need a new leader.

Former Romsey MP Sandra Gidley has signed a letter urging Mr Clegg to quit. It's also been signed by Martin Tod, a Winchester councillor, who was the Lib Dems' general election candidate there in 2010.

  1. Phil Hornby

The local elections - the view from the Thames Valley

There is little doubt that the UK Independence Party (UKIP) has the most to cheer about tonight as the political parties analyse the local council election results. But it was by no means a total landslide.

In the Thames Valley, though, things remain much the same. There is no change in West Oxfordshire or Cherwell with the Conservatives staying in control at both district councils.

At Basingstoke and Deane no change either, still no overall control, although UKIP gained one council seat. Labour retained control of Reading.

The big blow to Labour, was a failure to wrestle control of Swindon from the Tories. More details now from our political correspondent Phil Hornby.

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