May set to avoid London wipeout in local elections

Across England more than 4,000 seats are being contested in around 150 councils- including all 32 London boroughs as well as every ward in Birmingham Manchester Leeds and Newcastle

Labour also gained Plymouth, taking control from the Conservatives, but Mr Corbyn will come under pressure over disappointing results in the Midlands, with his party losing control of Derby and Nuneaton and Bedworth.

"The Conservative Party has been reminded tonight that the electorate that it now has is disproportionately a "Leave" electorate", polling expert John Curtice told the BBC.

Aidy said: "I'm disappointed I didn't get over the line".

May's party held on to control of Wandsworth council - a low-tax Conservative stronghold since the time of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher.

London is one of the key battlegrounds, with all seats on the 32 borough councils up for election.

Reflecting on the result, Wakefield's Labour council leader Peter Box said: "It's been a mixed night".

They do not affect seats in parliament, where May has only a slim working majority thanks to a deal with a smaller party.

But Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn will also be left concerned by the loss of councils.

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The first results show the UKIP vote going to the Tories with them making gains while Labour have made losses outside of London.

"It's certainly a poor night in terms of the Labour Party outside London". May is also negotiating an exit from the European Union that 60 percent of the capital rejected at the 2016 Brexit referendum.

It's thought the party could have suffered a backlash from the recent anti-Semitism row that has plagued the party.

Labour defended the other seven wards it held prior to the election, with incumbent councillors Gary Hewson, Loraine Woolley, Pat Vaughan, Adrianna McNulty and Helena Mair being re-elected, along with a new face in the Carholme ward in Laura McWilliams and Bill Bilton returning to City Hall after a two year break.

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

That said, the previous Conservative councillor for Walkden South, Les Turner, was still celebrating as he remains in post just down the road in Worsley, having switched to a notoriously safe seat for the party.

"They have lost in many areas where they would have expected to do a lot better, and I think the way they have conducted themselves in this election will have longer-lasting effects than the result of this election".

"Overall we're pretty pleased with a very positive campaign saying all the good things that the current Labour council are doing".

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