May benefits from Ukip collapse in London elections

04 May, 2018, 14:24 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Local elections 2018

The final results from the local elections from Keighley Leisure Centre came in just before 4.30am.

At 5.30 a.m., with results in from 90 of the 150 English councils that were holding elections, Theresa May's Conservatives had a net gain of 11 seats, Labour had a net gain of 18, and the Liberal Democrats were up 40.

Labour's Ellie Emberson, 19, made history when she won Minster ward, becoming the youngest woman ever elected to the council.

Elsewhere in Warwickshire, Labour lost overall control of Nuneaton and Bedworth.

A third of seats were up for election for both councils.

Portswood now has two Labour councillors and one Tory.

The marginal Pensby and Thingwall seat was won by just 23 votes - Labour's Kate Cannon winning with 1,878 to the Conservative's Michael Collins, with 1,855.

Labour's tight grip on power at City Hall has been loosened slightly after the Conservatives made three gains in this year's City of Lincoln Council election, but the party still enjoys a healthy majority of 15.

Labour's Ashley Minto polled 1525, the Greens' Jenny Barnes 297 and James Read for the Lib Dems 266.

Local elections 2018
Local elections 2018

Asked by Sky News if the results showed the country was past the point of "peak Corbyn", the Labour leader said "no" and that it was going to get "even better" for the party.

For UKIP, the highs of 2014 seem in the very distant past, with the party losing 84 seats by 6.30am and retaining just two.

He said: "It's always hard to win contests when you're the party in government, so taking St Chad's and Barnes was very encouraging for us". In Wigan, Salford, Bury, Bolton, Tameside, Oldham, Rochdale and Stockport, the councils remained in Labour control.

Two of the three new Conservative city councillors are familiar faces, with Christopher Reid and Hilton Spratt now Lincolnshire county councillors.

The Tories also gained three seats.

The Conservatives gained control of councils in Peterborough, Southend and Basildon, and saw a small swing in their favour outside the capital.

Visiting Wandsworth this morning, Theresa May said: "Labour thought they could take control, this was one of their top targets and they threw everything at it, but they failed". "These aren't the results of a party that's about to storm the next general election". The Tories also won back Salford in Greater Manchester.

"Labour yet again dragged defeat from the jaws of potential victory", Cllr Cowan said.


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