Tories retain control of Kent CC despite losing seats

The Conservative Party has retained control of Kent County Council despite losing seats to Labour and UKIP:

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All results now in - Conservatives 45, UKIP 17, Labour 13, Lib Dems 7, Green Party 1, Residents Association 1. #kccelection

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Farage 'will stand in 2015'

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has confirmed that he will stand for parliament in the 2015 general election. He added that his party was "not some little pressure group that will go away."