May hails 'success' as Labour fails to make election breakthrough

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May hails 'success' as Labour fails to make election breakthrough

Theresa May's party appeared to have benefited from an nearly total collapse in the Ukip vote, which saw the Eurosceptic party shed councillors across the country.

Voters have rejected a Tory council candidate who ran to represent London'a gay district while being forced to deny suggesting sex between two men or women is immoral.

In Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland there were no Local Government elections.

Overall, UKIP ended up losing most of the seats they were previously defending. The Green Party were up eight council seats.

From early on, it was clear that the party were set to struggle in key wards in the west of the borough where the Liberal Democrats have their strongest backing in the whole of north London. They had heavy losses in Great Yarmouth and Basildon, with only managing to keep hold of a small number of seats.

"It has been a great result and a majority of almost a thousand, but I am also aware that the Labour Party has to settle with the problem of Anti-Semitism in the party - which was an issue on doorsteps".

"Last year, we gained our first councillor in Worthing for 41 years and now we have more Labour councillors in Worthing than ever before so the future looks good".

"They make the facts conform to their theory ... a human being needs to be open to new facts".

It comes after Mr Corbyn faced angry recriminations on Friday over his alleged failure to tackle anti-Semitism in the Labour Party after it lost out to the Tories in Barnet, one of the most strongly Jewish boroughs in the country, in the local elections.

The difference in Cornwall is that in local elections Labour has always been a minority party at County Hall and has never had control of the council.

The results in London weren't as bad as had been feared for the Tories.

They're back supporting the Liberal Democrats, with its veteran leader Vince Cable, and its committed local members who publish regular local newsletters showing off just how many road signs they've cleaned during the year.

Labour sources described their results as "solid", saying it had consolidated advances made at last year's election.

The big winners though, were the Liberal Democrats, winning 75 seats and taking control of multiple significant councils, including Kingston Upon Thames and Richmond Upon Thames which they took back from the Tories. Labour paid a price for its softer Brexit approach. In Walsall, a hung council closely contested by Labour and the Conservatives that voted 68% to leave the EU, Labour lost a net seven seats to the Conservatives.

Labour already control most of London's councils but with a recent YouGov poll putting them ahead in London by 22 points, they were hoping to add to their tally of 20.

It's true that there were some disappointing results that the post-industrial Midlands, especially in areas that voted to Leave in the European Union referendum.

Is UKIP dead? It certainly appears to be on life support. She was just five votes behind when the papers were counted up overnight, a margin of defeat which led the Conservatives to request a recount.

Across 16 wards, 16 seats were up for grabs: 10 have gone to Conservative, 3 to Lib Dems, 3 to independent parties.

The local elections have impacted in important ways on the Brexit parliamentary process.

After the 2015 general election, the next was not expected until 2020.

Brexit was clearly not the only factor at play in these elections, however it has left divides across the country.

What would happen if there was a general election now?

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