As Ukip’s Nigel Farage toasts his party’s ‘solid performance’ in the local elections, LocalGov charts the biggest wins and losses across the country.
Hammersmith and Fulham - Lab gain from Conservative
Ed Miliband’s party took control of the Tory flagship borough overnight, with local Labour MP Andy Slaughter describing the victory as a ‘massive result’.
Conservative MP for Chelsea and Fulham and deputy chief whip, Greg Hands, said there had been some ‘disappointing results in some wards in Hammersmith & Fulham’.
Portsmouth City – Lib Dem loss to NOC
Mike Hancock – now an independent candidate – lost his council seat to UKIP’s Julie Swan after a surge in support for Farage’s party.
Stuart Potter, chairman for Ukip Portsmouth, described the result as ‘fantastic’. Lib Dem Cllr, Michael Andrewes, said the election had been fought in ‘difficult’ circumstances.
Ukip gains in Essex spell Tory & Labour heartbreak
Basildon, Southend-on-Sea and Castle Point all saw Farage’s party gaining significant numbers of seats, with each authority moving to NOC. Ukip gained 11 seats in Basildon, five in Castle Point and five in Southend-on-Sea.
Labour fared little better in Essex, losing Thurrock to NOC after Ukip won five seats.
Swindon – Con hold
Labour failed to oust the Conservatives from this key target seat, the Tories gaining a single seat to maintain overall control.
Ukip’s major gains in Rotherham fail to oust Labour
Labour maintained control in Rotherham despite Ukip winning 10 seats at the council. However, the party’s deputy leader of the council lost his seat to his Ukip rivals.