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European Union customs pledge was 'key' to local election results

06 May 2018

Repeated at a general election, the United Kingdom would be heading for another hung parliament, suggesting that public sentiment has barely shifted since Jeremy Corbyn wiped out Theresa May's Commons majority a year ago. Here is what some politicians, parties, and pundits have been saying in the cold light of day.

The Labour Party gained two wards, one in the hard-fought Abbey North ward where portfolio holder Colin Poole lost out to 2017 Parliamentary candidate Aiden Ramsey and the other in Drayton - both were UKIP's only two seats on the council.

The Conservatives held Kensington and Chelsea, where the council had faced severe criticism over last year's devastating Grenfell Tower fire that killed 71 people, with a slightly reduced majority.

After losing his seat in West Hendon, Mr Langleben tweeted: 'We must NEVER have another election like this.

But the Earby ward councillor was reinstated by the Tories, giving the party 25 seats - and control of the council by one.

A former mayor whose reinstatement gave the Conservatives control of a council by one seat has "sincerely apologised" over a racial Facebook joke which saw her suspended from the party.

However, they lost the southwestern city of Plymouth to Labour and lost control of Trafford, the Tories' flagship council in northern England.

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There have been mixed results for Britain's main political parties following the local council elections.

They won 37 seats, to the Tories' 8.

Labour picked up three seats to add to the four they had. "For me dealing with anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and all forms of hate is not an electoral issue, win or lose, it's a moral responsibility that defines who we are as a party". The party has been left with 74 councils, the same number as before the election.

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The Liberal Democrats claimed they were on the road to recovery after they made huge gains to capture Richmond-upon-Thames and Kingston in south-west London and South Cambridgeshire from the Tories.

The Liberal Democrats put on an extra 76 seats and gained control of four extra councils.

Despite Labour's gain, it had been expected to do better, and analysts said it had little to celebrate.

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On a victory tour in London, May said Labour "threw everything at it, but they failed", while adding: "We won't take anything for granted".

While psephologists and pundits only look at the overall numbers of councillors elected and councils controlled, voters are interested in quality as well as quantity. The Conservatives took control of councils in Peterborough, Southend and Basildon, and saw a small swing in their favour outside the capital.

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"Think of the Black Death in the Middle Ages".

He said: "I mean the complexities of Brexit, the breast screening scandal, Windrush and the resignation of Amber Rudd it has been a really tough time".

"As late as yesterday, Conservatives were telling me there was no way they would let her back in, irrespective of what happened, and yet the MP and the leader of the Conservatives have this morning welcomed her back into the fold".

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European Union customs pledge was 'key' to local election results