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UKIP official likens party to the Black Death after big losses

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UKIP is "dormant" like the Black Death, its general secretary said after it suffered heavy losses in the English local elections.With 99 of the 150 councils declared, the party had won just two seats - both in Derby - and lost 92.But general secretary Paul Oakley said it was "not all over at all" for the Eurosceptic party, which has suffered since the Brexit vote in 2016."Think of the Black Death in the Middle Ages," Mr Oakley said."It comes along and it causes disruption and then it goes dormant, and that's exactly what we are going to do."
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Curtice: Where did UKIP's vote goShe hailed the result in Derby, where the party unseated the Labour council leader, adding, in a reference to Brexit: "If UKIP does crumble I think you could still arguably make the case that it's been one of the most successful political parties in history."UKIP had a good night the last time the seats were contested, in 2014, when the vote coincided with European elections, which it topped.At the time it was led by Nigel Farage and was putting pressure on the government for an EU referendum.But it failed to win a seat in last year's general election and has gone through a succession of leaders since the Leave vote.
England local elections 2018
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