Local election results: Labour retains Doncaster Council

"Only a Conservative vote at the general election will strengthen my hand to get the best Brexit deal", May told supporters on Friday.

Electoral contests were held Thursday for local councils in Scotland, Wales and many parts of England, as well as mayoral competitions in several cities.

In Derbyshire, the Conservatives won 19 seats directly from the Labor, which would lose control of the council for the first time since the 1970s.

But her decision to pitch her country into a battle with the European Union, urging voters to "give me your backing to fight for Britain" appeared to have paid off as council results came in on Friday morning.

The Liberal Democrats, meanwhile, were down by almost 30, while the UK Independence Party (UKIP) had lost all of the 41 seats it held at the previous elections.

Asked if she had killed off Ukip, she replied: "I think if we look at what's happened in the local elections we have taken votes from across the whole of the political spectrum".

For Ukip, it was an unqualified disaster, which could herald the end of the anti-EU party, which now has no MPs and a handful of councillors and will have no MEPs after Brexit.

The results suggest May is on course for a strong victory in next month's hastily called general election.

Mrs May's party had 441 councillors, a net gain of 113, while Labour had 308, a net loss of 58.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell acknowledged that Labour had suffered a "tough" night as it struggled in some of its Welsh heartlands and failed to resist Tory advances in England.

Scottish Conservative Candidate Thomas Kerr is announced as winning the former Labour stronghold seat of Shettleston, Glasgow, as the results of the local elections are announced at the Emirates Stadium in Glasgow, Scotland, Friday May 5, 2017.

In Newcastle-under-Lyme, the Conservatives took six seats while Labour won 3. One-time party leadership contender Steven Woolfe admitted he would now vote Conservative over Ukip, while a tweet from defector MP Douglas Carswell indicated his former party had served its goal and it was now time to "go home".

The Greens were the only national party to report gains, apart from Conservatives, securing 33 seats across the country so far, delivering three new seats.

But the biggest losers have been the far-right UK Independence Party (UKIP), which is set to be completely annihilated after losing every local seat it had under its control.

Dr Mokhefi-Ashton added: "The current situation for Labour is very tricky as the party is split on so many issues - the million dollar question is about leadership and there is great pressure on Corbyn to stand down".

"The results were mixed".

Labour, which lost control of Glasgow, Bridgend and Blaenau Gwent, said the results were "disappointing" weeks before the mid-term election. The economy is the most important thing providing jobs for people and ensuring people who need us the most, vulnerable adults, children, the disabled, get the support they need.

The Conservatives' most notable triumph was in the West Midlands, where former John Lewis boss and Tory candidate Andy Street was elected its first metropolitan mayor, despite the region being traditionally Labour.

  • Leroy Wright