16 MAY 2011
The UK Independence Party has made political history after taking control of its first council in the UK.
The party won control of Ramsey Town Council in Cambridgeshire by taking nine out of 17 seats in an election in which all the seats were contested.
UKIP already held the Cambridgeshire County Council seat for Ramsey and two of the three Huntingdonshire District Council seats for the ward.
The news is a huge boost for the party which is pushing for the removal of Britain from the European Union.
Peter Reeve, the UKIP group leader on Huntingdonshire District Council said the party believed in localism and getting on with what needed to be done.
'The Conservatives talk about localism - we are actually practising it,' he said, 'We will be standing up for volunteers and the third sector and will be making grants to them to help the big society develop.'
Mr Reeve's partner, Lisa Duffy, who is also a UKIP town councillor, has also become Ramsey's mayor.
UKIP gained its first local councillors in Newcastle in 2007 and the party now has hundreds of town and parish councillors across the UK.
It has 23 district councillors, having gained four more in last week's local elections.
A town council has the same brief as a parish council and has to improve the quality of life while representing the local community.
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