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UKIP vote collapses in its former Lincolnshire heartlands

  • Video report by ITV News Political Correspondent Paul Brand

Ukip saw a dreadful day in the local elections - and nowhere more than in their former heartlands in Lincolnshire.

The party went from the official council opposition to being wiped off the electoral map as voters abandoned the party in droves - with most switching over to the Conservatives.

Many said that they did not like current leader Paul Nuttall - who is due to stand as an MP in the area's Boston and Skegness constituency in 2017.

Others believed that with the vote for Brexit won, Theresa May was in the best position to deliver an exit.

With some predicting that Ukip was a spent political force, others insisted that the party would return.

Victoria Ayling, a former Ukip councillor, said: "We came from nothing and we will rise from the ashes."

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Local election council: Lincolnshire - Conservative gain

Conservative gain control of Lincolnshire County Council Credit: ITV News Central

The Conservative Party have taken overall control of Lincolnshire County Council.

The gain came at the expense of UKIP who were completely wiped out.

UKIP's Lisa Duffy said the results were not a 'disaster' for the party but acknowledged it was 'very disappointing' it had been wiped out in Lincolnshire.

Breakdown of the 70 (declared) seats in Lincolnshire:

  • Conservative 58
  • Independent 4
  • Lincolnshire Independents 1
  • Lab 6 seats
  • Lib Dem 1

Police forces receive flowers & gifts in sympathy

Police forces in the Midlands have received flowers in the wake of the London terror attack Credit: Northamptonshire Police

Police forces in the Midlands have received flowers in sympathy for the loss of an officer who was killed in a terrorist attack in London.

More than half a million pounds has been raised to support the family of murdered Pc Keith Palmer who was stabbed to death on Wednesday as he attempted to disarm Khalid Masood outside the Palace of Westminster.

Masood, 52, had been living in Birmingham. Police made multiple arrests and raided several properties in the city in the wake of the attack.

Northamptonshire Police revealed they have been sent flowers in sympathy for the loss of their colleague in blue.

Police in Dudley received cake from a member of the public in recognition of their work.

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