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UKIP makes huge gains in local elections

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The UK Independence Party (UKIP) declares itself the official opposition after making big gains in local elections.

UKIP is averaging 25% of the vote in the wards where it is standing with more than 140 seats so far, the state-run BBC reported.

Labour stands in the lead and the Conservatives in second place with 29% and 25% respectively.

UKIP is also in third place with 23% of votes while the Liberal Democrats stand at fourth place with only 14%.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage said he was “astonished” by the party’s performance, arguing that the results disclose “total disconnect” between the “career politics” of Westminster and ordinary people.

The local elections started on Thursday with more than 2,300 seats being contested in polls for 34 English councils.

Earlier in April, British Conservative cabinet minister Ken Clarke described some people intending to vote the UKIP in the local elections as racists.

Clarke accused the party of having no positive policies and being merely “against” immigrants and foreigners.


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