Conservatives have lost control of two councils, but retained five others, while Labour made modest gains in the Midlands and the south of England, reports the BBC.

Most of the counts will take place later today.

UKIP has been polling an average of 12 points higher than it did in 2009. The party campaigns for the UK to leave the European Union, and leader Nigel Farage told the BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme that “the people who vote for us are rejecting the establishment and quite right too”.

“Three parties, three fronts benches who look the same and sound the same and made up of people who basically have never had a job in the real world,” he said.

“But are they voting UKIP just to stick two fingers up and to scream very loudly or are they voting UKIP because we’re offering positive policy alternatives?”

Good question.

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