Tories Secure Major Gains In UK Local Elections

Cheryl Sanders
May 6, 2017

The results from 23 of 34 English councils facing the electorate this year show the Conservatives significantly improving their position, Labour slumping, the Liberal Democrats failing to make breakthroughs and UKIP facing wipe-out.

COUNCIL ELECTION results in England and Wales are beginning to paint a national picture of the standing of parties as early results come in.

"Only a Conservative vote at the general election will strengthen my hand to get the best Brexit deal", she told supporters.

John Curtice, professor of Politics from the University of Strathclyde in Scotland, said the Conservatives had so far performed best in elections since at least 2008.

He warned that although it was heartening to see the party's overall vote share had increased significantly, especially in areas where they hope to gain MPs in the General Election, there was still some work to do.

Labour finance spokesman John McDonnell acknowledged the party had suffered a tough night, but told ITV that the results were not "the wipeout that people expected" and insisted it is still "all to play for" in the national vote.

The Liberal Democrats lost another of their seats, in Epping and Theydon Bois, but maintained the rest of their seven seats on the council, while the Green party lost one of their two seats.

Although they defeated the Tory leader in Somerset, they failed to prevent the Conservatives from retaining control of the council. He said the local election results were not an "accurate prediction" of next month's polls.

Labour has lost more than 80 councillors so far, with a number of disappointing results in Wales.

With full results in from 15 of the 88 councils holding elections, the Tories held four councils and gained control of five more authorities, with a net gain of 98 seats.

He also spoke to Cllr Judith Grajewski Hampshire County Council, Con, Jonathan Bacon Former Council Leader and Cllr Louise Goldsmith West Sussex County Council, Con.

"We knew it was going to be a hard night".

As of 5:30 a.m. Friday in London, with results for more than 1,200 seats out of 4,851 declared, the Conservatives had won about 510 - a net gain of some 130 - according to a tally by the BBC.

It is UKIP voters returning to the Conservatives that will have a significant impact on the General Election.

For the first time, voters in Greater Manchester, the Liverpool City region, the West Midlands, Tees Valley, the West of England, and Cambridge and Peterborough will elect "metro mayors" covering combined local authority areas.

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