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London elections: The east London battle with UKIP

16 May 2014 Last updated at 13:31 BST

Havering became the first borough in London to gain a UKIP councillor, in the previous local elections.

Since then three Conservative candidates have defected, while in nearby Barking & Dagenham, Labour have seen several defections, some to UKIP.

BBC London's Political Correspondent, Karl Mercer spoke to councillors Lawrence Webb for UKIP, Conservative Steven Kelly, councillor Clarence Barrett from Havering Residents' Group and Labour's Liam Smith in Barking and Dagenham.

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