UKIP regains control of Thanet Council in local by-elections

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Image caption Former leader Nigel Farage tweeted his delight at the "fantastic news"

UKIP has recovered control of Thanet District Council after regaining two seats in a local by-election.

The party first secured a majority on the council in May 2015 at a time when it failed to make a breakthrough at the general election in the area.

But several defections later, largely due to perceived inaction over Manston Airport, its majority vanished.

The by-elections for two seats in the Northwood ward followed the resignations of two independents.

The composition of the council is now: 29 UKIP councillors; 18 Conservatives; five Labour; two Democratic Independent Group; and two Independent Group.

UKIP is in the midst of a leadership contest to succeed Nigel Farage, who resigned after Britain voted to leave the EU.

Following the result, key UKIP figures took to Twitter to celebrate.

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