THE public put Ukip on the scrapheap yesterday with a near-total wipeout in council elections — the party can now only boast a single councillor.
Paul Nuttall’s party lost a total of 111 seats across Lincolnshire, Hampshire and Essex, all key battlegrounds for Ukip at next month’s general election.
The results sparked a furious reaction from former party donor Arron Banks, who said Ukip was “finished as an electoral force” under its current leadership and needed “a strategic bullet to the back of the head.”
Mr Nuttall said the party was “a victim of its own success” over Brexit and that losing seats to Tories was “a price Ukip is prepared to pay” for the prize of leaving the EU.
In the afternoon it was announced that Alan Hosker won the Padiham and Burnley West seat in Lancashire with a slim majority of 228 over Labour’s Marcus Johnstone.
Elections expert Michael Thrasher told Sky News Ukip’s share of the national vote could fall as low as 3 per cent, down from 22 per cent in the same contests in 2013.