LOCAL ELECTION: Labour make gains to narrow Conservative majority


Matt Singh of Number Cruncher Politics noted: "Opposition parties are supposed to do well in mid-term contests, and these aren't the results of one that's about to storm the next general election".

Trafford district council in Greater Manchester, which Labour held only during the absolute peak of New Labour's support between 1996 and 2002, went to no overall control from a Conservative majority, with Labour's nine-seat swing not enough to take it.

THERE were celebrations from the Conservatives at the town's Abbey Stadium after the party has taken over leadership of Redditch Borough Council. Some seats were gained in Wakefield and Leeds - traditional Labour areas.

The result means Labour has lost control of its last council in the county while Worcester City Council remains under no overall control.

Conservative total councillors now stands at 1,318.

With more than two thirds of the 150 results announced, UKIP had held on to two seats on local councils and lost 92, putting a question mark on the party's survival.

Across 16 wards, 16 seats were up for grabs: 10 have gone to Conservative, 3 to Lib Dems, 3 to independent parties.

She told the Daily Mirror in a statement: "I do not make judgements about people's relationships or what people do in private and it was never my intention to suggest otherwise". That has forced her to rely on an uneasy alliance with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party to get legislation through Parliament.

The Conservatives' worst fears failed to materialise as they avoided a rout in London, and gained Basildon, Peterborough and Redditch as they benefited from Ukip's collapse.

A Jewish holocaust survivor honoured by the Queen has hit out at Jeremy Corbyn over his handling of alleged anti-Semitism in the Labour Party.

He also speculated that Labour may reassess their strategy. Calderdale and North East Lincolnshire both remained in no overall control. The mission of Labour is always to stand up for a decent society and stand up against poverty.

"In a sign of how anxious they are about Labour's advance, the Tories talked up our chances to unrealistic levels, especially in London", he said.

"I'm pretty sure that next year is ours and for the first time Liberal Democrats are winning in areas that voted out".

Ukip was nearly wiped out, losing all but three of its 126 seats, but the Liberal Democrats had a good night, gaining 75 seats and winning control of four more councils.

Outside London, Remain citadels also seemed Labour's best bet. But the Tories managed to keep hold of a few key councils, and hold back Corbyn.

"And Labor has won even more council seats than at our high watermark of 2014".

In Adur the Conservatives are still firmly in the driving seat but marginally less dominant than they were yesterday. Although it's hard to extrapolate to general election constituencies, the Richmond result especially must concern the party for its parliamentary seats of Richmond Park and Putney.

Despite claims that this was no extraordinary local election- nearly 4,000 people were denied the right to vote over this election's ID pilots.

The Liberal Democrats are, once again, the protest vote.

He added: "This is the electoral evidence we needed. These trials have been shown up to be the chaotic, undemocratic mess many predicted".

Perhaps the most surprising part of the local elections is the tacit approval granted by the electorate to the Conservative Party.

"You would expect after eight years of Tory government and in the wake of the resignations of several senior ministers".

Carrie Symonds, the Conservative Party's director of communications, said Labour "threw the kitchen sink" at Wandsworth, adding it was "brilliant news" that they had failed.

Many within the party also pointed out that by its calculations, close results in four wards meant they missed out on victory in Wandsworth by just 141 votes.

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