Labour fails to take flagship London councils in local elections

Labour fails to take flagship London councils in local elections

Labour fails to take flagship London councils in local elections

The elections are viewed as a gauge of public support for May as she faces a possible revolt in parliament over her strategy for leaving the European Union.

Trafford was amongst nine Greater Manchester councils which revealed their results overnight. The vote may be supposed to be about local issues - schools, planning, trash collection - but many people see them as an opportunity to kick the party in national power.

Cllr Sean Anstee, the Conservative Group leader told Place North West: "We were clearly an obvious target for the Labour party".

By the time counting finished at Silksworth Community Pool Tennis & Wellness Centre just after midnight on Thursday, the party had wobbled, but still maintains an overwhelming majority in the council chamber.

But it failed to win a seat in last year's general election and has gone through a succession of leaders since the Leave vote.

He told BBC News: "Four years ago I was looking at a Conservative vote of 30% in the polls and today I expect Theresa May will be looking at significantly more than that, I imagine in the upper 30s, maybe near 40".

Other smaller parties had a better run.

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It means the ward still has three Conservative councillors.

There was plenty to cheer for the Lib Dems, who gained Richmond from the Tories amid signs of a Brexit backlash in a strong Remain-supporting area.

Results elsewhere in London's 32 boroughs showed the forecast swing to Labour in the capital had materialised, although not strongly enough to inflict the heavy losses that would pose a serious headache for May.

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, the leader Warwickshire's Conservative group, said: "The battle was always going to be between Labour and the Green Party in the by-election for the county council, I don't believe we have ever held this division". May's Conservatives won back control of the borough, which has the largest Jewish population of any single council area in the country.

The Conservatives held control of the symbolic London borough of Wandsworth, results on Friday confirmed, defying some predictions that it could fall to Labour.

UKIP has suffered leadership issues and struggled for a new objective since achieving its primary political aim at the 2016 Brexit referendum when Britons made a decision to leave the EU.

Former Labour councillor Adam Langleben, who lost his seat in West Hendon, tweeted: "We must never have another election like this".

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