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Colchester's UKIP chairman insists the party are still relevant despite local election nightmare

Ron Levy doesn't believe that UKIP are a spent force. Credit: ITV News Anglia/PA

The Chairman of Colchester's UKIP branch says the party still has a role to play in British politics, despite suffering a disastrous night so far in the local elections.

The party lost all of its seats on Essex County Council and it was a similar story in Lincolnshire where they failed to make any inroads.

The results are in stark contrast to four years ago when UKIP gained a number of council seats across the country, and although the signs look ominous this time out, Colchester chairman Ron Levy is adamant that the party do have a future.

UKIP has changed the course of this country - we got the referendum.

Our job now is to make sure that the referendum decision is carried through. It's no good assuming that Theresa May is going to do this wholeheartedly and it's no good assuming that there aren't going to be detractors within her own party.

In fairness, she does need a bigger majority. I hope that, after this, we can get several MPs elected because they will be the most powerful argument in favour of seeing the referendum result through.

– Ron Levy, Colchester UKIP chairman

UKIP's loss in Essex appears to be the Conservatives' gain, with the Tories now having increased their working majority significantly in the county.

The Liberal Democrats are now the main opposition, despite losing two seats compared to 2013, while Labour have slipped into third with just six seats.

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