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Conservatives make strong gains in United Kingdom local votes

20 May 2017

Will that translate to election day?

The Conservatives will win a healthy - but not an overwhelming - majority in the general election, an analysis of the results found. "We knew it was going to be a hard night".

May has accused European Union officials of seeking to affect the outcome of the election by issuing threats over Brexit, and warned voters that the other 27 member states were lining up against Britain to win a deal that "works for them".

The Tories might not necessarily romp to victory in June's general election, despite their success in the locals last night.

It's a long way to the 8 June.

Meanwhile, Labour forfeited more than 250 council seats, lost control of Glasgow after 40 years and suffered reverses in Welsh strongholds.

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What other general trends can we pick up from today's results?

The Conservatives appear to have been the main beneficiaries of a decline in support for UKIP.

Nevertheless, the projected national share would still be the Conservatives' best in any local elections since 2008 - while, at 27 per cent, it would be Labour's lowest since 2010. This could spell very bad news for Labour. Votes are still being counted, but initial indications predict large gains for the Con.

UKIP's Mr Howson said he was "gutted" with the results.

The British political party that precipitated the cataclysmic Brexit vote is on course for a wipeout at the first major electoral test since the referendum. Labour is down three seats, to four. We lost seats but we are closing the gap on the Conservatives.

Conservatives won the West of England metro mayor contest and topped the first round of voting in the West Midlands, while Labour claimed the mayoralties in Greater Manchester, Liverpool, Doncaster and North Tyneside. By 70%, more than 50 would be seriously at risk.

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Liberal Democrat Philip Daniel narrowly took Ringmer.

The Liberal Democrats also lost two seats whilst UKIP, who fielded 12 candidates, won no seats.

We still don't know what will happen in Wales.

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Former UKIP leadership candidate Lisa Duffy admitted that the elections had been "very challenging" for her party. The Tories gained control of 10 councils, including Norfolk, Warwickshire and, most unexpectedly, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

But both parties lost out this time.

Labour's local results do seem to confirm fears some in the party have shared privately: The party is more confident of holding on in the South, but is anxious about a collapse in its vote in the North.

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Fallon's faux gloom reflects the Conservatives' biggest fear ahead of the general election - that their victory will be such a foregone conclusion that supporters will not bother to vote.

Conservatives make strong gains in United Kingdom local votes