Nigel Farage hails UKIP’s ‘remarkable’ local election nightSubmitted by fonzdrew on Sat, 05/04/2013 - 23:17
The beaming politician sank a pint of English ale at a pub in Westminster as his party emerged as the biggest winner.
They also surged to second place behind Labour in the South Shields parliamentary by-election, pushing the Lib Dems into SEVENTH.
Mr Farage hailed an astonishing night of progress and claimed his eurosceptic party are in with a chance of securing a seat at Westminster.
With most votes counted, UKIP had 144 councillors — a massive 136 more than when the same seats were last contested in 2009.
UKIP became the second largest group in Lincolnshire, winning 16 seats and depriving the Tories of overall control.
And the party picked up ten in Hampshire, nine in Essex, three in Gloucestershire, three in Somerset and one in Dorset.