Theresa May says not taking local election triumph for granted

Vincent Carr
May 20, 2017

UKIP and Labour have been erased from Bucks County Council in an election day cull which has seen some notable local faces lose their seat.

First results showed the governing Conservatives making solid gains, dealing a blow to the main opposition Labour Party and all but wiping out the anti-EU, anti-mass immigration U.K. Independence Party (UKIP).

Labour did win the mayoral contests in the northern English cities of Doncaster and Liverpool.

Labour finance spokesman John McDonnell acknowledged the party had suffered a tough night, but told ITV the results were not "the wipeout that people expected".

Despite the apparently dismal showing, Labour MPs have been advised to say the results are merely "disappointing" and that the party has done "better than people were predicting".

But as YouGov has said, today's results are likely to represent a best-case scenario for Labour: The Conservatives generally do better in general elections than locals, and in Wales in recent weeks were polling 12 points higher for the general election than the local.

In 2013, Labour won 39 seats and formed a majority with the Liberal Democrats who won 6 seats. We know this is no small task, it is a challenge on a historic scale.

They have gained hundreds of seats in England, Scotland and Wales, with top UKIP figures including Arron Banks saying the party is "finished".

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The German said: "We will not play them off the park.We played Sheffield Wednesday and no-one should forget it". We all know what's at stake. "At the end of the day, the most important thing is the semi-final is open".

The Prime Minister said she hopes the election will strengthen her hand in Brexit negotiations with Brussels.

A total of 4,851 seats are up for grabs in 88 councils - all 32 in Scotland, 22 in Wales and 34 country councils and unitary authorities in England.

The favorable results for the Conservatives echoed May's call to the public to give her party the majority ahead of Brexit talks.

As Ukip shed 114 seats while holding just one in Lancashire, leader Paul Nuttall said the party was "a victim of its own success" over Brexit.

Too many fantastic councillors, who work tirelessly for their communities, lost their seats.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, in an exclusive Evening Standard interview, said his leader had "a mountain to climb" if he was to win on June 8.

With the Conservatives gaining more than 500 councillors - as well as winning tightly-fought mayoral races in the West Midlands and Tees Valley - Theresa May insisted she was taking "nothing for granted".

The SNP candidate in Ochil and South Perthshire,
Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh, said: "The reality of results in England is that it shows Ukip have won control of this increasingly hard-right Tory government".

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