Nigel Farage denied "stirring up hysteria" on Romanian migrants and said he had no problem with the citizens of the Balkan nation.
The UKIP leader told Good Morning Britain when he made his comments about Romanians living next door he was addressing newspaper headlines "run by our biggest tabloids, week after week", and not scaremongering.
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Labour strongholds tended to remain so - apart from a major loss for the party in Dudley.
Labour suffered a "terrible" defeat in Rhondda but has already won 16 Welsh Assembly seats as it looks to record a fifth term in office.
UKIP have made further gains in the local elections in the Anglia region and the Conservatives have won back control in Peterborough.