Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Theresa May says not taking local election triumph for granted

Theresa May says not taking local election triumph for granted

If Labour can find any comfort, it is in Wales, where the party retained control of Cardiff and other cities and lost seats to Independents rather than the Conservatives.

Veteran left-winger Corbyn issued a statement saying: "The results were mixed".

In total, 4,851 representatives were to be chosen in 88 councils - 34 in England, 32 in Scotland and 22 in Wales - in what is considered a significant contest for political parties a month before the general election.

With numerous results now in, the Conservatives have the most reason to be cheerful: They've gained several hundred seats, as well as a shock mayoral win in Labour's North East heartland.

So far, 27 councils in England and Wales have announced their final results.

Labour held key councils in Cardiff, Swansea and Newport, but lost control of Bridgend, where Mrs May had targeted with a campaign visit.

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The Conservatives also did well in the vote for six metropolitan area mayors.

The Tories made striking gains in Scotland, including in such previously hostile territory as east Glasgow and Renfrewshire.

For the past four years, no party had overall control of East Sussex.

It mirrored the national picture where the party failed to win representation on local authorities up and down the country.

Ukip was pulverised in local elections today, clearing another hurdle between Theresa May and a decisive general election victory. His supporters have long claimed that when voters see more of him and hear about his policies, they are impressed.

Cllr Truelove wondered if, with a general election around the corner, voters would be less inclined to vote "politically" in the local elections, instead focusing more on the quality of the local candidate than they perhaps would have done had Theresa May not called a snap vote for June 8.

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The Liberal Democrats don't appear to be making any breakthroughs.

. The party increased its vote share since 2013, but only slightly.

The Lib Dems had 195 seats, a net loss of 24.

Lib-Dem former business secretary Sir Vince Cable said Ukip's collapse had important implications. The strong performance of the Conservative Party indicated that May's Brexit strategy is winning over voters.

What will have pleased Mrs May most of all was the nearly total annihilation of UKIP.

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. And that is precisely what seems to have happened in these local elections.

The Conservative candidate for the new "metro mayor" post for the West of England, Tim Bowles, beat Labours Lesley Mansell by 51.6 per cent to 48.4 per cent, registering another major win for the Tories. He was eventually replaced as UKIP leader by Nuttall, a Member of the European Parliament.

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