Tories lose control at Castle Point council

The first council to change hands was at Castle Point, which covers Canvey Island in Essex.

Five Ukip gains left Tories one seat short of overall control.

Conservatives were left with 20 seats, independents with 16 and Ukip with five.

Read: Ukip performing well in Tory and Labour areas

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Voters still choose Labour despite 'unpopular' Miliband

A poll by former Conservative party deputy chairman Lord Ashcroft has found Labour could win "a comfortable majority" in the 2015 general election.