Corbyn Has Little to Celebrate in Britain's Local Elections

04 May, 2018, 10:53 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
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The Conservatives lost five seats, while Labour gained four, leaving the council without a single party in overall control.

The leader of Kensington and Chelsea Labour group conceded the party would not take overall control of the local council, which under the Tories faced a furious backlash over its handling of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Labour London mayor Sadiq Khan said past year that there was "no corner" of the city where the party could not win and insisted they could challenge the Tories "even in their crown jewels of Wandsworth and Barnet".

The first results show the UKIP vote going to the Tories with them making gains while Labour have made losses outside of London.

Speaking to Sky News, Labour shadow chancellor John McDonnell played down suggestions his party should have been enjoying a more dominant night.

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In a busy night of local election results across the region, the biggest news comes from Trafford where Sean Anstee's Conservatives have lost control of the council.

Before her vote, taxi driver Jeanette Barton, 64, said she would break with her family's tradition and vote for May's party."I'd like to kick Labour out of the borough, so I'm voting Conservative", she said."I don't like Jeremy Corbyn", she added.

The Conservatives won the single extra seat they needed to take overall control of this council which represents an eastern area that voted 61 per cent to leave the EU.

Commenting on Tory fortunes, International Trade Secretary Liam Fox told Sky News: "It's at the higher end of what we might have expected".

Support for Ukip has collapsed with the party winning just two seats almost seven hours into counting.

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Meanwhile, the number of Liberal Democrat councillors has leapt from five to eight.

The majority of councils will declare votes overnight after polling closes at 10 PM (local time), but some will release results during the day on Friday.

- More than 4,000 council seats are contested, determining the make-up of 150 councils.

With more than half of the results declared, Labour were one council down with the Tories unchanged overall.

Conservatives may be boosted by Ukip's decline in the polls, with targets like Basildon or Great Yarmouth potentially up for grabs if the Eurosceptic party performs poorly.

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Counting is well under way after polls closed at 10pm but voters in some areas piloting controversial ID trials were reportedly unable to cast their ballot.

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