Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

UK Conservative Party Enhances Positions on Local Elections

UK Conservative Party Enhances Positions on Local Elections

Will that translate to election day?

In a statement, Nuttall said his party's candidates had worked hard but there was "nothing they could have done in the face of a big national swing to the Tories", as the Conservatives are also known.

But May's hardened rhetoric appeared have translated into local votes.

Labour still hold the majority of council seats in Wales, but that doesn't tell the whole story4.

Labour has lost more than 300 council seats, UKIP has suffered heavy losses and the Lib Dems have not make the gains they had hoped for.

He said: 'We have five weeks to win the General Election so we can fundamentally transform Britain for the many not the few. Bettors are right to think the Conservatives are heading for a comprehensive General Election victory on June 8.

The Conservatives have won the most seats on Nottinghamshire County Council - but fell short of gaining a controlling majority in a dramatically close local election.

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Ian Lavery, Labour's national campaigns coordinator, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme it had been "a particularly difficult" set of elections for his party, which had suffered from the collapse of the Ukip vote.

The party's vote was squeezed in Brexit-supporting parts of the country, limiting gains.

The Labour party sought to play down its drubbing with the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, claiming the party had "all to play for" in the General Election.

Losing seats to Tories was "a price Ukip is prepared to pay" for the prize of leaving the European Union, he said.

The British political party that precipitated the cataclysmic Brexit vote is on course for a wipeout at the first major electoral test since the referendum. This would include constituencies like Mansfield (which has been held by Labour since 1923), Hartlepool (Peter Mandelson " s old seat), and the late Jo Cox's seat of Batley & Spen. "We've lost some good councillors tonight and I'm really sad for the people of Cumbria".

In Tees Valley, Conservative Ben Houchen won after a run-off against Labour's Sue Jeffrey and Conservative Tim Bowles was declared the victor in the West of England.

The more serious Conservative activists also urge caution.

Tim Farron's Liberal Democrats were disappointed by this week's results.

"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".

Tory candidate Ben Houchen won the Tees Valley mayoral race by more than 2,000 votes after a run-off against Labour's Sue Jeffrey.

We still don't know what will happen in Wales.

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Phillips said Labour would try to take comfort from the low turnout, expected to be doubled in a general election.

So it's hard to say whether today's results, which saw Labour lose control of three councils, and lose 100 councillors, mean much.

Mrs May's party had 1,900 councillors, a net gain of 558, while Labour had 1,151, a net loss of 320.

The Conservatives look set for big gains in Scotland.

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