Britain’s anti-EU UKIP party has made strong gains in local elections, taking seats from both Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives and the opposition Labour party, according to early results on Friday.
The gains by the UK Independence Party, which wants Britain to leave the EU, will pile pressure on Cameron to stiffen his approach to Europe and alarm some in his party who worry UKIP could scupper its hopes of winning a 2015 national vote.
In a sign the party could also do well in elections to the European Parliament, held on the same day, UKIP won 86 new seats in local elections in England, according to partial results from around a third of councils.
Labour won 94 new seats, the Conservatives lost 101 and the Liberal Democrats lost 84, according to early results.
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