Local elections bring cheer for Theresa May

Tomas Mccoy
May 14, 2017

In Derbyshire, the Conservatives won 19 seats directly from the Labor, which would lose control of the council for the first time since the 1970s.

British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon, who is also a Conservative, said the outcome was "very encouraging", but noted that the results were not an "accurate prediction" of a general election.

He spoke out after the party suffered heavy losses in local council polls.

The results were turned into a projected national vote share of 38% for the Tories, 27% for Labour and 18% for the Lib Dems, with Ukip plunging to just 5%, according to the Guardian.

Former UKIP leadership candidate Lisa Duffy admitted that the elections had been "very challenging" for her party.

Elsewhere on Thursday, Dave Rowntree, the drummer from pop group Blur, was elected to Norfolk County Council in eastern England, representing Labour.

May is asking voters to strengthen her hand as she seeks a mandate for her plan to implement the result of last year's Brexit referendum by quitting the EU's single market.

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 Conservatives made sweeping advances across the United Kingdom, gaining more than 500 councillors, winning tightly-fought battles for elected mayors in the West Midlands and Tees Valley and forcing Labour into third place in its former stronghold of Scotland.

But Mr Nuttall predicted that voters would come back to Ukip "in their droves" once they saw Theresa May "backsliding" in Brexit negotiations following the June 8 General Election.

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.

"We know we ahve worked really hard, we have done an open and honest campaign It is not for a lack of a credible policies".

The party has won a majority of seats in Lancashire County Council.

'But we, the whole Labour movement and the British people, can't afford not to seize our moment'.

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

UKIP won a surprise victory in the area taking the seat from Labour.

Labour lost over 100 seats and three councils, but retained control in the key cities of Cardiff and Swansea.

John Curtice, a professor of politics at Strathclyde University, said the Conservatives were on course for their best local-election result in at least a decade, and possibly in a quarter century. And Labour's loss of Glasgow is not only a major psychological blow to the party, but a sign that its recovery in Scotland has a long way to go.

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