Around a third of all councils up for election yesterday have now declared. Here are the results so far:
So far the Conservatives have lost eight councils, with 15 declared Conservative. The Tories have 1,005 seats (a loss of 85). Labour has gained 73 seats with 1,280 now Labour and two councils, with 25 declared Labour. The Lib Dems have one council declared for them, losing one. Seven councils have moved to no overall control – a total of 16 councils are NOC so far. Ukip has not won any councils but has gained 81 seats taking it 102. This means the party has already met its target of 80 gains.
Here are some of the most interesting results:
– Labour has taken control of flagship Conservative council Hammersmith and Fulham.
– Labour has lost control of key marginal constituency Thurrock. Ed Miliband claimed in 2012 when his party won this council that it proved Labour were ‘winning back people’s trust [and] regaining ground’.
– The Lib Dems have lost control of Portsmouth Council after Ukip took six seats, including the council seat of Lib Dem MP Mike Hancock.
– Labour has won Merton, which it was targeting.
– Ukip has become the official opposition in Rotherham, taking 10 seats.
– It also gained 11 seats in Basildon.
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