Election 2015

Election 2015: UKIP tie with Tories in Boston local elections

Christine Hamilton
Image caption UKIP's Robin Hunter-Clarke was defeated by Conservative Matt Warman in the General Election in Boston and Skegness

UKIP has tied with the Conservatives in the local council elections in Boston, Lincolnshire.

Both parties won 13 seats with Labour and the Independents getting two each.

The parliamentary seat of Boston and Skegness was one of UKIP's targets in the General Election, but the Conservatives held it.

The Conservatives held all seven parliamentary seats in the county, including Lincoln, which has gone with the national winning party since 1974.

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Image caption Boston has seen a huge rise in immigrants, mainly from Eastern Europe, according to the 2011 Census

In the parliamentary seat there was a Conservative to UKIP swing of 15%.

UKIP's Robin Hunter-Clarke took 14,645 votes but Tory Matt Warman held with a 4,336 majority.

UKIP's David Parsons took 10,736 votes to come second to John Hayes in South Holland and The Deepings.

The Tories also held Gainsborough, Louth and Horncastle, Grantham and Stamford, Sleaford and North Hykeham.

Elsewhere in the local elections, Labour held control of the City of Lincoln Council.

But the Conservatives gained East Lindsey from no overall control.

The party held North and South Kesteven, South Holland and West Lindsey.

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