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UKIP official compares his party to the ‘Black Death’

[ad_1] UKIP general secretary Paul Oakley has likened his party's fortunes to the Black Death.He told Nick Robinson on Radio 4's Today programme "think of the Black Death in the Middle Ages, it comes along, causes destruction and then it goes dormant - and that's exactly what we are going to do".He insisted it is not over for the party even though UKIP is close to losing nearly all of
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Boris Johnson: EU customs pledge was ‘key’ to local election results

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTheresa May hails Tory campaigners in Wandsworth Promising to leave the EU's single market and customs union has been a "key part of Tory electoral success", Boris Johnson has claimed.On Twitter, the foreign secretary said Labour had been "abandoned" in many Leave-supporting areas and was not trusted to "deliver Brexit".It was a mixed night for the Tories, who saw off a
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Teen councillor Ellie Emberson to tackle issues affecting young people

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLabour's Ellie Emberson was elected as councillor in Reading aged just 19 At 19, Ellie Emberson is one of the youngest councillors in England after Thursday's local election results. The teenager won her seat on Reading Borough Council, representing Labour in the town's Minster Ward for the next four years.She will dramatically alter the average age of councillors in the borough,
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Local Elections 2018: Anti-Semitism row ’caused’ Barnet loss

[ad_1] Image caption Labour group leader Barry Rawlings (right) said the anti-Semitisim row had "made a difference" A senior Labour politician says he "suspects" the anti-Semitism row led to his party's failure to take control of Barnet Council.Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth believes Labour needs to regain the trust of voters who had been "turned away".Labour had been expected to win Barnet for the first time, however the Conservative Party
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Theresa May: We’ll build on local election results

[ad_1] Theresa May has said she "won't be taking anything for granted" and promised to build on the Tories' local election showing.She was speaking as she visited Conservative campaigners in the south London borough of Wandsworth, where the Tories saw off a challenge from Labour to retain control."This was one one of their top targets and they threw everything at it, but they failed," she said. [ad_2] Source link
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Labour lose Derby City Council to no overall control

[ad_1] Image caption Labour lost its council leader Ranjit Banwait The Labour leader of Derby City Council lost his seat to UKIP as the party lost control of the local authority.Labour remains the largest group with 23 seats but has no overall majority. The Conservatives won two new seats bringing their total to 20 while the Liberal Democrats remain on five and UKIP three.Elsewhere, the Tories strengthened control of Amber
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SF’s Begley wins West Tyrone by-election

[ad_1] Image caption Sinn Féin's Órfhlaith Begley is the new MP for West Tyrone Sinn Féin's Órfhlaith Begley has won the West Tyrone by-election.The poll was triggered by the resignation of Sinn Féin's Barry McElduff in January.Candidates from Northern Ireland's five main parties were represented on the ballot paper.The turnout was 55.13% - 35,337 of the 64,101 eligible voted. Ms Begley received 16,346 votes, with the DUP's Tom Buchanan second
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Defra and trade department ‘in dark’ over Brexit preparations

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Two departments are being "left in the dark" about how to prepare for Brexit and lack a "clear plan" of priorities, a committee of MPs has warned.The environment and trade departments have been hampered by "pervasive uncertainty" about the UK's future relationship with the EU, they said.Defra must drop or postpone some non-EU projects if it is to deliver its EU Exit programme, it suggests.The
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Dogs at polling stations: Voters’ pooches at the polls

[ad_1] Image copyright Hannah Ingram Image caption Hannah Ingram tweeted this photo of leaders from opposing parties going head-to-head in Ramsbottom As dog lovers across England go to the polls for the council and mayoral elections, their canine companions will be waiting faithfully regardless of how they vote.The hashtag #dogsatpollingstations has been trending on Twitter as owners and their four-legged friends spot a photo opportunity not to be sniffed at.While