Nigel Farage’s party in local election shockwave

No good insulting UKIP’: Cameron vows to show ‘respect’ to voters who backed Nigel Farage’s party in local election shockwave

  • Prime Minister rows back from claim UKIP are ‘racists and fruitcakes’
  • UK Independence Party win 117 seats from 31 council election results
  • Farage says party has triumphed despite being ‘abused’ by main parties
  • Conservatives lose control in nine councils, Labour gains Derbyshire
  • Ousted Tory councillors attack ‘arrogant, out of touch’ government
  • Tory chairman Grant Shapps says ‘we failed to get our message out’
  • Government planning benefit curbs for immigrants to win back support

David Cameron today said the Tories must ‘respect’ voters who deserted them to hand the UK Independence Party more than 100 council seats.As UKIP leader Nigel Farage enjoyed a lunchtime pint to toast big gains, the Prime Minister effectively withdrew his claim that they were a bunch of ‘fruitcakes and racists’ and was contrite about the need to understand why the anti-EU party had done so well.Defeated Tories tore into Mr Cameron’s ‘out of touch’ government for the losses, with Education Secretary Michael Gove taking to the airwaves to warn a challenge to the Prime Minister’s leadership was ‘bonkerooney’.

Cheers: UKIP leader Nigel Farage, pictured today, celebrates a 'remarkable' set of results for his party with a pint in the Marquis of Granby pub in Westminster

David Cameron today issued a contrite message that he would show UKIP voters ‘respect’ as their leader Nigel Farage toasted his success with a pint at the Marquis of Granby pub in WestminsterWith results from 32 of 34 councils, the Tories are down 273 seats, with many switching to UKIP who have 113 new councillors

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