The Conservatives remain in control in Dorset despite some success for UKIP
Mid-term elections which will soon be forgotten? Or a pivotal moment which will help determine the fate of the political parties?
The Conservative majority on Essex County Council has been slashed by a UKIP breakthrough and gains by Labour and the Greens.
Labour gained five seats in Weymouth & Portland on Dorset County Council. Spokesperson Rachel Rogers says it shows the party is gaining the trust of the public in the south of England.
Ian Bruce, the Conservatives spokesman in Dorset, blamed voters opting for UKIP for allowing Labour to win seats from the Conservatives on the new look County Council..
The Conservatives lost two seats but still won 27 of the 45 seats on Dorset County Council.
Lib Dems 12
Labour & Co-operative 2
A sea of blue across the region - will it change?