Local election results show mixed results for Tories and Labour
04 May, 2018, 14:24 | Author: Angel Logan
A local Labour leader has said the anti-Semitism row that has roiled the party in recent months had "made a difference" in the local elections.
There was good news in Greater Manchester, where they became the largest party for the first time in 15 years - with the Tories losing overall control.
Theresa May's party appeared to have benefited from an nearly total collapse in the Ukip vote, which saw the Eurosceptic party shed councillors across the country.
Labour are additionally concentrating on Barnet - which has been Tory for the reason that 1960s - in addition to Conservative strongholds Westminster and Wandsworth, and can hope to increase majorities in different boroughs they already maintain.
The Lib Dems have gained control of Richmond in London, a heavily Remain voting area, from the Tories.
The seats were last contested in 2014, when UKIP was on the march as voters protested about immigration from the European Union, and the Lib Dems were taking a beating from people angry that they were in coalition with the Conservatives nationally.
It leaves the group with its biggest ever representation on the council, a feat trumpeted by their leader Malcolm Cowan.
Leading pollster Sir John Curtice, professor of politics at the University of Strathclyde, said there was little for Labour to celebrate in the results.
But Labour lost overall control of Derby and Nuneaton and Bedworth in the Midlands.
Labour has ten seats, the Liberal Democrats seven, the Green Party two, and there are two Independents.
The Conservatives held control of the symbolic London borough of Wandsworth, results on Friday confirmed, defying some predictions that it could fall to Labour. I am very disappointed.
Nevertheless the Tories have a 24-seat majority so an enormous swing can be required for the authority to alter arms.
Despite that disappointment for Labour, the ruling party did retain the marginal Pensby and Thingwall, which, at one point in the night, feared they might lose. "This must have been very worrying for Labour so soon after last year's General Election result".
Labour sources insisted the results so far showed it had consolidated its vote since the general election and said the Ukip vote was following the results of the national poll, with around two thirds going Tory and one third Labour.
After 14 years of Tory rule at Trafford Council it went to no overall control.
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