Prime minster does better than expected in England local elections

Council election results for Berkshire

Council election results for Berkshire

And the Evening Standard, edited by George Osborne, splashed with "Oh No Jeremy Corbyn" on their front page, suggesting the party was humbled by a lack of victories in the capital.

The Conservatives, which lost Eastbrook and St Mary's to the Labour Party, gained both Cokeham and Widewater from UKIP to maintain their majority with 16 of the 29 seats on Adur District Council.

In the days before the election, Labour activists talked up their chances of winning Wandsworth, which has been under Conservative control since Margaret Thatcher's era, and Westminster, which has never been won by Labour.

But in West Hendon, which is an area of Barnet, all three Labour candidates lost to Conservative rivals even though Labour had held West Hendon for almost 40 years, according to The Independent.

14 seats went to the Conservatives, 2 to Green, 2 to independent parties.

Britain's' Labour Party suffered heavy losses in council elections in Jewish areas following widespread criticism of leader Jeremy Corbyn and his perceived failure to deal with anti-Semitism within his party.

Cllr Lloyd Duddridge missed out on a seat in Bridge ward by a fractional 11 votes.

"Think of the Black Death in the Middle Ages". I told him, come down to Redbridge, we're going to win big.

"Our time isn't finished because Brexit is being betrayed".




As before, Labour still holds 24 seats and the Conservatives hold eight.

"Having said that, the expectation in mid-term local elections is always that it's the opposition party making progress, and Labour hasn't really done that", he added.

With the result becoming more and more clear that the Conservatives would be losing power, Sean Anstee the now ex-leader of Trafford Council, had to console a number of his colleagues - where on one occasion he even had to quieten down an ironic cheer which had caused anger among the Labour cohort. Those odds, like the results, indicate that anything is far from certain and everything is still to play for between now and the next general election.

Visiting the leafy south London suburb, leader Sir Vince Cable said Lib Dems were "very much on the way back", with increased vote shares in areas including Hull, Sunderland and Liverpool.

"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".

The government has been plagued by difficulties since that election, resulting in four Cabinet Ministers resigning, including Amber Rudd, who stepped down as Home Secretary on Sunday night, just days before the elections.

As with last year's general election, the Tories seem to have benefited from the demise of UKIP, which has lost nearly all of its councillors, with the sharpest increase in vote share coming in strongly Leave-supporting areas.

Full results are not expected until late on Friday.

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