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Farage congratulates UKIP on Thanet District Council win

Nigel Farage congratulates UKIP in the local elections

He may have lost his bid to become an MP, and even resigned as UKIP leader yesterday because of it - but Nigel Farage had time today to hail more successful UKIP colleagues. More than thirty of them have been elected as councillors for Thanet District Council in Kent.

UKIP has won most of the wards in Thanet District Council's election

Twenty-nine UKIP councillors have been voted in so far during the Thanet District Council local elections.

The party itself put out a message on social media - congratulating its councillors for being part of the UK's first UKIP-controlled local authority.

Thanet in Kent is where where Nigel Farage, the former UKIP leader, stood as a candidate for the Thanet South constituency in the General Election. He stepped down as party leader on Friday after failing to win.


American firm steps in to help save Manston Airport

Airport closed in May 2014 Credit: PA

It's been reported that American investment firm RiverOak has offered to help Thanet Council buy Manston Airport in Kent.

The offer is believed to have come to light in a letter from the CEO, offering the council support for a possible compulsory purchase order of the site. The airport closed in May with the loss of 150 jobs.

Thanet Council leader resigns on Twitter

Former Labour leader of Thanet Council, Clive Hart, has resigned using Twitter and Facebook to express his political frustrations with his opponents.


Leading council was "once in a lifetime" experience

Councillor Clive Hart at the Dreamland site in Margate Credit: ITV Meridian

The leader of Thanet District Council has resigned this morning. In a letter sent out overnight, Councillor Clive Hart said it had been an honour to represent an area he adored. He thanked Thanet residents and the district council staff for a once in a lifetime experience.

Former Council leader guilty of misconduct

The former council leader of Thanet District Council - Sandy Ezekiel, has been found guilty of misconduct in public office. He has been found guilty on four counts of misconduct in public office. The charges relate to a council property in Margate, Kent.

In the same hearing at Maidstone Crown Court Philip Emanuel, aged sixty-four, has been found guilty of aiding and abetting him.

Challenge to export ban could reach courts next week

Animal exporters are challenging Thanet Council's attempts to suspend the export of live animals in the courts next week, it's believed.

Campanies Onderwater, Lomas and Peter Z have called for an injunction to force Thanet Council to reopen the port for live exports until a full judicial review.

Kent Action Against Live Exports and other groups say they are urging campaigners and residents to express their anger - and support the council in their fight to permanently ban the trade.

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