COUNTING has started for local council seats in Devon this morning as UKIP was reportedly winning more votes and seats in elections this year.
Across the country the Tories and Labour suffered today as voters turned to UKIP in the local elections, with the two largest parties in Westminster losing control of councils as a result of gains for Nigel Farage's 'people's army'.
Stunning results in southern councils appeared to indicate that Essex residents were increasingly voting UKIP and, in a worrying sign for Ed Miliband, the party also made inroads in Labour's northern heartlands.
UKIP gained 11 seats in Basildon to ensure it went from Tory to no overall control, and gains in Castle Point and Southend resulted in the loss of Conservative majority control in those authorities.
In the local elections seats on Plymouth and Exeter City Councils were up for grabs.
Labour strengthened its hold on Exeter City Council following the local elections.
The final results have now been declared and Labour now have 27 of the 40 seats at Exeter. They made gains on both the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats who now have ten and three seats respectively.
Labour leader Pete Edwards retained his seat in Whipton Barton but the day's biggest casualty was Conservative leader Yolonda Henson who had held the seat in Polsloe for the last 32 years.
There are no local council seats being contested in South Devon.
Counting for the European elections in South Devon which will reveal who has won the six South West MEP places does not take place until Sunday.