Ukip in Thanet council poll victory
Ukip gained a shock council poll victory today at Thanet, Kent - where former party leader Nigel Farage earlier failed to win a Westminster seat.
With some results still to declared it has already returned 31 out of 56 councillors, taking control of the authority.
Marathon election counts ground on into the third day with Tories extending their run of council poll triumphs.
With results in from 250 out of 279 authorities, Conservatives have made 490 net seat gains, Ukip 47 and Greens 11.
Liberal Democrats have 322 net losses and Labour 160.
There were 321 losses for others.
Tories gained control at Babergh, Basingstoke and Deane, Brentwood, East Lindsey, East Staffordshire, Eden, Gloucester, Herefordshire, High Peak, Mole Valley, Newark & Sherwood, Poole, St Albans, Scarborough, South Gloucestershire, Staffordshire Moorlands, Taunton Deane, Teignbridge, Torridge, Waveney, Winchester, Worcester and Wyre Forest.
They captured Amber Valley, Gravesham and North Warwickshire from Labour, Hinckley & Bosworth from Lib Dems and Richmondshire from independents.
But they lost overall control at Tendring.
Labour's biggest prize so far was at Bradford where it won from no overall control (NOC).
It also gained from NOC at Stockton-on-Tees and West Lancashire but lost Plymouth, Stoke-on-Trent and Telford and Wrekin.
Lib Dems lost to NOC at South Somerset, Three Rivers and Watford.
Six authorities -Bath and North East Somerset, Bournemouth, Broxtowe, Guildford, Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland - are not expected to produce final results until Monday.
With counting completed at Thanet, Ukip has 33 seats, Conservatives have 18, Labour four, and independents one.
Liberal Democrats, who failed to hold Eastbourne's parliamentary seat, easily retained control of the council.
Labour seized control of Cheshire West & Chester from the Conservatives in a tight contest, emerging with 38 seats against the Tories' 36 and one independent.