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Former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy said the party had "made some important gains" in the local elections:
David Cameron said UKIP's surge in the local elections was a "major lesson" for the main political parties.
When asked whether he regretted labelling UKIP members "fruitcakes", the Prime Minister said it was "no good insulting any political party."
Following UKIP's strong showing in the local elections, Conservative leader David Cameron said: "We need to show respect for people who have taken the choice to support this party and we are going to work really hard to win them back."
Northumberland remained under no overall control, with the Conservatives winning 21 seats, Labour 32 and the Liberal Democrats 11.
The Conservatives have lost their majority at Oxfordshire County Council, leaving the authority in no overall control.
Conservative: 31 seats
Liberal Democrat: 11
In 2009 Conservatives held 52 seats; Liberal Democrats 10; Labour 9; Green 2 and Independents held 1.
The Conservatives have lost overall control of the Isle of Wight. The Tories won 15 seats, while Labour and UKIP both secured two, the Liberal Democrats gained one and Independent candidates achieved 15.
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
Final results in from 17 councils show:
- Conservatives have lost 182 seats
- Liberal Democrats are down 33
- Labour is up by 117
- UKIP has gained 73
- Independents are up by seven seats
The Conservative have retained control of Shropshire County Council.
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UKIP leader Nigel Farage claimed a "sea change" in British politics as they gained more than 140 council seats in the local elections.
There is no question that the day belongs to UKIP and Nigel Farage. The party has gained over 100 seats and won about a quarter of the vote.