UKIP Becomes Threat to Main Parties Amid Local-Vote Surge

May 23, 2014 1:23 PM

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Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party lost 140 seats in yesterday’s local elections as voters increasingly backed the U.K. Independence Party, which gained more than 100 seats.

With counting continuing, the Tories lost control of nine councils, including Hammersmith and Fulham in London and two in Essex, to the east of the capital. UKIP, which campaigns for British withdrawal from the European Union and a reduction in immigration, made gains in towns including Basildon and...

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