Labour make gains but fail to capture target councils from Tories

Election results are still being announced.

Remains under no overall control, despite Conservatives gaining 3 seats.

Despite continuing to trail badly in the polls, it scored some significant victories, winning back control of Richmond in London and a few more seats across England.

The majority of one that the Tories now hold over the Labour Liberal Democrat coalition is enough to give them control, to the delight of new leader Coun.

Conservative total councillors now stands at 1,318.

But what can be made of the results across the country that have seen Labour make gains in terms of numbers of councillors but share the same vote share of 35% as the Conservative Party.

"Labour thought they could take control, this was one of their top targets and they threw everything at it, but they failed", she said.

In the previous election in 2014, Labour took 48 seats with experts predicting this would increase in 2018. But they failed, and the people of Wandsworth re-elected a Conservative council.

He said: "The Conservative vote is advancing more than Labour".

One other goal in London was Hillingdon, within the west of the town - John McDonnell mentioned: "I believe we will take Hillingdon, with a little bit of effort now, we will take this borough again to Labour management".

"But there is also an opportunity because if she gets this right she will have two clear years of "normal" politics before the next election, and Labour could be in cataclysmic meltdown by then".

But it came in the defeat of Mr Hughes' brother Des, who was a Labour councillor on the authority since 2010.

That didn't come to pass and Labour MPs, unhappy with Corbyn, are citing the anti-Semitism row which has engulfed the party recently and his unusual response to the poisoning of Sergei Skripal in Salisbury.

But she was brought back into the party today - allowing the Conservatives to seize control of Pendle Council in Lancashire by one seat. They also had some strong support in Labour areas of Hull and Merton, as well as the Tory council of Gosport. After today's elections, across the country they have gained more then seventy councillors, and now stand at a total of 523.

The Midlands proved hard for Jeremy Corbyn's party, as they lost eight seats in Nuneaton and Bedworth, and three seats in Derby, leaving both authorities under no overall control.

The Conservatives hold their seat.

Yet, with 147 out of 150 councils reporting, Conservatives stand to lose two.

'Obviously, I am disappointed at any places where we lost a bit of ground, but if you look at the overall picture, Labour gained a lot of seats across the whole country, we gained a lot of votes in places we never had those votes before'. But the results showed that Labour Party's Jeremy Corbyn's high expectation of a washout out for the Conservatives especially in London was dashed.

A flagship northern Tory council, Trafford went into the evening billed as the most keenly-watched local election result outside of London, and it did not disappoint.

  • Leroy Wright


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