Published: Sun, May 14, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Tories in strong United Kingdom local poll gains

Tories in strong United Kingdom local poll gains

A total of 4,851 council seats were up for grabs in 88 councils - all of those in Scotland and Wales and 34 in England - five weeks before the general election.

But the results were widely seen as vindication both for her tough line on Brexit - threatening to walk away from talks with the remaining European Union if she can not get a good deal - as well as her decision to call a snap election.

The leader's allies desperately tried to explain the mauling, but it marks a horrendous opening to a general election campaign which will see voters go to the polls in just over a month.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said she was "taking nothing for granted" following her Conservative party's good showing in local election results reported on Friday.

That seems implausible - especially since what most Labour MPs want to talk with me about is what may happen after the party loses (their assumption, not mine), and whether Corbyn would immediately resign.

Another analyst, Prof. Michael Thrasher, told Sky News: "Ukip received one in eight votes cast at the 2015 general election, and, therefore, those votes are absolutely critical in a month's time at the general election. But we, the whole Labour movement and the British people, can't afford not to seize our moment".

Former UKIP leadership contender Steven Woolfe said the partys influence was "at an end", while its former MP Douglas Carswell, who recently resigned from the party, said UKIP "was over".

Conservatives won the West of England metro mayor contest, while Labour claimed the mayoralties in Greater Manchester, won in the first round of voting by former cabinet minister Andy Burnham, Liverpool, Doncaster and North Tyneside.

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Meanwhile, May (pictured below) said that "it's encouraging that we've won support across the whole of the United Kingdom but I will not take anything for granted, because there is too much at stake".

Speaking during an early-morning round of interviews, he said: "So far, it's been a tough night, but it hasn't been the wipeout that people expected".

They said that ignoring Jeremy Corbyn made conversations with voters easier.

The weekend will probably be much more bearable for these two than the rest of the party leaders.

"We've really worked hard as councillors in the Labour Party to ensure that our candidates for the council have come forward as well".

Among the authorities which had declared their final results, Labour had control of nine councils and had lost control of seven.

The Lib Dems have 118 councillors, a net loss of 13; Plaid Cymru in Wales is on 44, a net gain of six and the Greens are on 10, a net gain of four.

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