Labour and Tories 'delighted' - despite neither making single gain

Across England more than 4,000 seats are being contested in around 150 councils- including all 32 London boroughs as well as every ward in Birmingham Manchester Leeds and Newcastle

Across England more than 4,000 seats are being contested in around 150 councils- including all 32 London boroughs as well as every ward in Birmingham Manchester Leeds and Newcastle

A total of 4,371 seats were contested in 150 local councils in Thursday's vote.

The Lib Dems now have two of the three councillors for Pallion, following February's election to fill the vacant seat of late council leader Paul Watson, who died past year.

Despite retaining overall control, the Conservatives lost individual seats in Westminster and Wandsworth.

In Reading, Labour won 30 seats; the Conservatives won 12; the Green Party won three and the Lib Dems won one.

Against a backdrop of heightened expectations for the Labour Party, the ballot also showed the limitations of its recent resurgence under veteran socialist Jeremy Corbyn.

The Conservatives defeated former Labour Councillor Liz Maxwell who was standing as an Independent in Minster.

Political deadlock remains in North East Lincolnshire with Labour the largest party by just a single seat following yesterday's local elections.

The Lib Dems managed to win a few seats but not enough to make too much of an impact.

Council leader Ric Metcalfe said: "I think it's been a pretty good night for Labour".

Election skilled Professor John Curtice mentioned Theresa May might be spared humiliation as Brexit-led positive factors elsewhere within the nation stability a drubbing within the capital.

He said: "The Conservative vote is advancing more than Labour".

But council leader Harry Trueman, whose wife Dorothy secured re-election on the night in Washington West, ended the night with a warning for the newly energised opposition.

He explained: "We have got the status quo here, Labour defended all our seats".

Commenting on Tory fortunes, International Trade Secretary Liam Fox told Sky News: It's at the higher end of what we might have expected.

Outside London, the Conservatives regained control of councils in the pro-Brexit regions of Peterborough and Basildon, largely at the expense of the anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP).

Nevertheless the Tories have a 24-seat majority so an enormous swing can be required for the authority to alter arms.

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, the leader Warwickshire's Conservative group, said: "The battle was always going to be between Labour and the Green Party in the by-election for the county council, I don't believe we have ever held this division".

Many conversations turned to what would most likely cause Labour to tip the result to no overall control.

THE latest round of local elections in Sunderland saw Labour take a bruising at the polls, writes local democracy reporter James Harrison. The Tories also won back Salford in Greater Manchester.

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