Labour gain control in Plymouth

Labour gain 6 seats in the local elections in Plymouth to take wrestle control from the Conservatives

No change in Weymouth & Portland

The council remains under "no overall control" following the local elections, despite gains for Labour and losses for the Conservatives

Labour gain control in Exeter

There was only one side cheering in Exeter at the local elections after Labour won ten of the fourteen wards available.

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Report: UKIP 'Nazi-salute' candidate suspended

A UKIP candidate who appeared to be making a Nazi-salute in pictures posted on Facebook has been suspended by the party, the BBC reports.

Alex Wood, 22, who was a candidate for Blackmore Vale ahead of this Thursday's local elections, said his account had been "hijacked" and that the comments under the photo were not written by him.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage earlier said the pictures, which appeared on the front page of a national newspaper, did "not look very pretty."

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Farage: Nazi salute candidate 'does not look very pretty'

UKIP leader Nigel Farage. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

UKIP leader Nigel Farage admitted that a candidate pictured on the front page of a newspaper making the Nazi salute did "not look very pretty" ahead of Thursday's local elections.

Mr Farage, who said there had been "one or two teething problems" with the party's candidates, blamed UKIP's rapid growth for meaning some inappropriate people had slipped through the net.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "We have had, out of our 1,700 candidates, a handful who have embarrassed us, mostly because they simply haven't told us the truth.

"We are the only party in British politics who actually forbid former members of the BNP or extreme organisations from even becoming members of Ukip, let alone candidates and, in one or two cases, people haven't told us the truth.

"A huge amount of time and money has been spent on researching every single UKIP candidate standing in these elections. I would speculate if the same amount of scrutiny was put on the Labour and Conservative Party, they would find their own embarrassment."

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Local Election 2012: Outgoing Conservative leader blames Cameron government

Following Labour's success in Plymouth, where they gained 6 seats to take control of the council, outgoing Plymouth Conservative Council leader Vivien Pengelly says the Cameron government is to blame for Labour gaining control and will be making her feelings known to the PM.

The make-up of the council is now: Labour 31, Conservatives 26.

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