UK Conservatives' power base bolstered in local elections

UK Conservatives' power base bolstered in local elections

UK Conservatives' power base bolstered in local elections

Labour general election candidate Gillian Troughton was "devastated" after suffering a shock defeat in the county council elections.

A total of nearly 5,000 council seats were in play from the local elections previously held in 2013.

Former retail sector boss Andy Street won a tight contest with Labour for the West Midlands area around Britain's second city Birmingham, although former Labour cabinet member Andy Burnham won Greater Manchester.

Describing the elections as "tough", shadow chancellor John McDonnell took solace in the fact that they were not "the wipeout that some people predicted" and insisted there was still "all to play for" in the General Election just five weeks away.

A forecast return of voters to the Liberal Democrats failed to materialize, with the party seeing a net loss of 38 seats.

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The Scottish National Party, who are seeking another referendum on independence on the back of Brexit, won 431 seats, up 31.

"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". In Derbyshire, the Tories took 19 seats from Labour as the county passed directly from one party's hands to the other.

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But the results were widely seen as vindication both for her tough line on Brexit - threatening to walk away from talks with the remaining European Union if she can not get a good deal - as well as her decision to call a snap election.

Voters across England, Scotland and Wales went to the polls Thursday to choose almost 5,000 new local councilors, in the shadow of campaigning for the snap June 8 general election and a bitter debate over Britain's departure from the European Union.

The Tories are set to have a 160-seat majority in the House of Commons, winning as many as 408, with Jeremy Corbyn's beleagured Labour party reduced to 147 seats.

Ukip lost all ten seats on Hampshire County Council.

Labour tried to play down the significance of a bruising set of results which saw it forfeit nearly 300 council seats, lose control of Glasgow for the first time in around 40 years and suffer reverses in Welsh strongholds.

The British general election is scheduled for June 8. The local elections of 2013 were a high water mark for Ukip but this time they've lost councillors across the country, including in the "Brexit capital" of Lincolnshire where Ukip leader Paul Nuttall is standing as a parliamentary candidate.

UKIP's Mr Howson said he was "gutted" with the results.

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