Andy McSmith's Diary: Tories’ Essex man is a gift to Ukip

On an exceptionally good day for Ukip, one of their most extraordinary results was in Essex, where they had no county council seats until today but now have nine. The Tories lost 19 seats. There was a local issue at work here, a leading Essex Tory tells me: the “Hanningfield factor”. Lord Hanningfield is well known in Essex as the former council leader jailed for fiddling his Lords expenses.

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Round-up: Portugal given jeering send-off

Portugal's dismal build-up to the European Championship finals continued on Saturday when they were beaten 3-1 by Turkey – a side who failed to qualify for Poland and Ukraine.