UK Conservatives' Power Base Bolstered In Local Elections

UK Conservatives' Power Base Bolstered In Local Elections

UK Conservatives' Power Base Bolstered In Local Elections

The general election "will be won on the day by real people going out and casting real votes", she told reporters in Brentford, west London, a district the Tories are targeting. Bettors are right to think the Conservatives are heading for a comprehensive General Election victory on June 8.

They have repeatedly warned Britain that its decision to exit the European Union would have dire consequences and cost London dearly.

May's decision to call an early general election ensured her own record and Brexit would be on voters' minds when they went to the polls on Thursday to choose almost 5,000 new local councillors.

May's Conservatives now boast a runaway lead of around 48 points, according to the latest opinion poll by Kantar research firm, while support for Jeremy Corbyn's Labour stood unmoved at 24 percent.

UKIP deputy chairwoman Suzanne Evans acknowledged the party faces a "difficult dilemma".

Among the authorities which had declared their final results, Labour had control of nine councils and had lost control of seven.

Meanwhile, Labour lost more than 289 seats and its majority on Glasgow City Council for the first time in 40 years as well as suffering reverses in Welsh strongholds to the Tories.

In what is set to be a crushing set of results for Labour and UKIP, and a mildly disappointing one for the Liberal Democrats, these parties' senior politicians had to put a courageous face on the results and persuade everyone that actually, things aren't as bad as they look.

"Each one of our former councillors should be immensely proud of the contribution they have made not only to their local communities but also to the cause that our party was set up to achieve: the restoration of the United Kingdom as an independent, self-governing country".

"The indications from the local elections are that Ukip is losing all of its councillors and it's the Conservatives that are making the gains on the basis of that collapse".

In Lincolnshire, where Ukip leader Paul Nuttall is standing in the general election in Boston and Skegness, the party went from being the official Opposition to having no seats at all as the Tories gained 23 seats.

"The SNP has won the council elections", Sturgeon said on Friday.

"We've gained seats in some places, we've held councils that many predicted we wouldn't". "The General Election however is about a clear choice for local people - re-electing a hardworking local MP who will stick up for Bradford South or a Tory who will stick the boot in".

Analysts said the Conservative Party appeared to have been the main beneficiary of a sharp decline in support for UKIP.

Defeated West Midlands Labour candidate Sion Simon blamed the result on the party leadership's failure to connect with the "values" of its core voters in areas like Birmingham, West Bromwich, Walsall and Wolverhampton. Street called his win the start of a "new, urban Conservative agenda".

Our candidate for the West of England mayor did incredibly well, with more than 20,000 and more votes. The Conservative James Palmer became the first mayor for the Cambridge and Peterborough region.

But Jeremy Corbyn's party did win mayoral contests in Doncaster, North Tyneside, Liverpool and in Greater Manchester, where former health secretary Andy Burnham was elected with more than 60% of the vote.

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