Substantial gains for Tories in the west of the region

Substantial gains for Tories in the west of the region

Labour had 466 seats - a net loss of 137 - while the smaller, pro-EU Liberal Democrats, who had been hoping to pick up some momentum ahead of June's parliamentary election, had 167 seats, a net loss of 23.

"Nonetheless, Labour has been making the case up and down the country that Labour representatives, both locally and nationally, will stand up for the many whilst the Conservative party stands up only for the few".

The good news for him is that Labour is narrowing the gap, says Metro, "if only marginally".

By calling an early national election for next month, May has made the local votes a gauge of her leadership, and many of her Conservative candidates have campaigned in recent days using her campaign mantra of "strong and stable leadership".

But May's hardened rhetoric appeared have translated into local votes.

The results will provide some insight into the likely outcome of the June 8 United Kingdom general election.

"We're in a relatively encouraging position, though there hasn't been a spectacular breakthrough", he said. Notably, 50% is the mark at which Copeland - a Labour seat since 1935 that the Conservatives won in a by-election in February - would have switched based on the 2015 vote.

Meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn said Labour had "had some hard results overnight".

Across England there are also eight mayoral elections, including elections in six new "combined local authorities".

Indeed, party leader Paul Nuttall told members on a visit to Margate last month the area was "the heart of Ukip".

Blair, Britain's longest-serving Labour prime minister, was in office between 1997 and 2007. It predicts she is "on course for a landslide victory" thanks to her personal popularity.

The Conservatives, having recorded significant gains in other local elections across the United Kingdom, were ahead at the halfway point in declarations by 12 noon on Friday.

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell remains staunchly behind Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Its research showed the Tory lead "shrinking from 23 points at the end of last week to 16 points", reports The Times. By the 1997 General Election, the Conservative made up some ground, securing 32% of the vote, with Labour on 44% and the Lib Dems on 17%.

May said she was taking nothing for granted.

"But it does show we've still got an bad lot of work to do ahead of the general election". "The voters have
delivered their verdict on
Jeremy Corbyn".

However, adds the paper, only a little more than 40 per cent of under-40s said they were "certain to vote", compared with 64 per cent above that age.

Matt Brief, Head of Dealing at IG, said: "The results of Thursday's United Kingdom elections are confirming what many already thought; the Conservatives are going to win the General Election".

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