Local election results

The results of the local county council elections are coming in. UKIP have made significant gains.

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UKIP claims 'sea change' in British politics

The UK Independence Party is tonight claiming there's been a "sea change" in British politics after making big gains in the local elections in the East Midlands.

Nigel Farage's UKIP had its best result in Lincolnshire where it is now the second largest party.

UKIP's success was largely at the expense of the Conservatives - especially in the town of Boston, where a mother and two daughters gained three seats.

Our correspondent Peter Bearne reports.

UKIP do well in West Midlands

The Conservatives are promising to work hard to win back support after a day of mixed fortunes in the local elections.

They managed to retain power in Staffordshire and Worcestershire but lost control of Warwickshire and Gloucestershire councils.

Across the region voters abandoned the Tories for UKIP. Alison Mackenzie reports.


Chamber reflects on local election results

Commenting on the results of the County Council elections, George Cowcher, Chief Executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, said:

Businesses believe that creating the right economic conditions to encourage local job creation and growth should be high on the list of priorities for all Local Authorities following yesterday’s election.

With the UK economy still in recovery and the constant need to review spending, difficult decisions will still need to be made to reduce the deficit and rebalance the books.

The issue is how this is dealt with locally and whether or not councillors make spending decisions which reflect what local people are looking for and what the economy needs.

As such, each Local Authority must prioritise the needs of its residents and economy.

The Chamber will, on behalf of its members and the wider business community, seek to work constructively with the new leadership at both Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire County Councils to ensure the voice of local business is both heard and carefully considered at all stages of the decision-making process.


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