Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

UK PM May's Conservatives make gains in local elections

Melody Ballard | 14 May, 2017, 13:22

Losing seats to Tories was "a price Ukip is prepared to pay" for the prize of leaving the European Union, he added. By 3pm, the party had gained nearly 500 council seats, a number usually seen by a resurgent opposition party on course to take government - while Labour fell 300 seats from its already somewhat weak 2013 position. They are now down more than 60 seats.

On his projection, the Conservatives will win 349 seats, with Labour on 215, the SNP on 54 and the Liberal Democrats stuck on their current score of just nine.

The Green Party had 40 councillors elected, including its first in the Isle of Wight.

Mr Farron sought to regain the electoral initiative with the announcement of "flagship" plans to put a penny on income tax to fund a £6 billion-a-year cash injection for the financially-stricken NHS and social care services.

Meanwhile, Tim Bowles has won the first new mayoral contest in the West of England for the Tories.

Liberal Democrats had a mixed election.

Overall they lost 37 council seats.

The Tories gained over the Opposition Labour party in numerous council seats and confirmed pre-poll forecasts of a Labour battering, largely blamed on the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn.

Party leaders will return to the campaign trail amid opposition fears of a Conservative landslide after the Tories made sweeping gains in the local elections.

"You will see this whole campaign begin to turn the tide".

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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.

He told Sky News: "We are picking up support". This decent, honest, strong leader with principles.

She will no doubt caution against complacency but the Conservatives look on track to hugely increase their majority on June 8.

The SNP had 431 seats across Scotland, down seven.

A bacon sandwich famously did for Ed Miliband; chips for Theresa May.

The polls suggest a similarly comfortable victory for the Tories when we return to the polling booths next month, but while Cllr Carter has maximum faith in the prime minister, who he says has convinced a lot of voters on Kent doorsteps in recent weeks, the party can not afford to take anything for granted.

"It's not the policies".

Speaking after the final votes were anounced, leader of Ashfield District Council, Councillor Cheryl Butler, said: "I think Brexit has had something to do with it, going under the radar". The UKIP suffered a huge defeat - losing 145 seats and winning only one - virtually wiping them out.

"This is not about who wins and who loses in the local elections, it is about continuing to fight for the best Brexit deal for families and businesses across the United Kingdom to lock in the progress we've made and get on with the job of making a success of the years ahead".

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