UK Conservatives gain in local elections; Labour, UKIP sink

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.

Jeremy Corbyn admitted his Labour party now faces a challenge on a "historic scale" if it is to win the June 8 general election.

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.

But both parties lost out this time. The party courted controversy during its campaign with suggestions it would ban the burka, a covering worn by some Muslim women.

Counting will continue until around midday on Friday with a total of 4,851 council seats were up for grabs in 88 councils.

For Ukip, it was an unqualified disaster, which could herald the end of the anti-EU party, which now has no MPs and a handful of councillors and will have no MEPs after Brexit.

The ruling Conservative Party seems to be gaining local council seats according to preliminary resul.

The Conservatives' most notable triumph was in the West Midlands, where former John Lewis boss and Tory candidate Andy Street was elected its first metropolitan mayor, despite the region being traditionally Labour.

"Only a Conservative vote at the general election will strengthen my hand to get the best Brexit deal", May told supporters on Friday.

The results are being described as a bellwether of voting trends for the general election, with Theresa May set to sweep to victory.

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"The biggest impact of all in local government elections as it has been for many years is the standing of the national party and the policies they're putting forward", he said.

Liberal Democrats had a mixed election, failing to break through against the Tories in the south-west England battleground, but making advances in some General Election target seats like Eastleigh and Wells.

Ukip leader Paul Nuttall has insisted the party is still "on the pitch" despite disastrous local election results which saw them shed more than 100 councillors and win only one seat.

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

Ukip suffered a near-
wipeout, gaining just one councillor and losing in almost all the wards it was defending. "We know there is an election taking place in the United Kingdom", Ms Margaritis Schinas said on Wednesday.

The final results for the local elections are in - and it's not looking good for Labour.

The main opposition Labour Party lost control of councils in Wales, but the biggest losses were suffered by the anti-EU UK Independence Party, which has struggled to find a new footing since the vote to leave the European Union last June.

"Former Liberal Democrat voters are coming back, I think there is some evidence - because of Jeremy Corbyn's very feeble leadership - we are seeing Labour voters coming over to us as well". 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.

The Tories are on course to gain massive ground from the UKIP and Labour.

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