Published: Ven, Mai 04, 2018
Entreprise | By Tatiana Lecocq

Local Elections:Tories lose control of Trafford

Local Elections:Tories lose control of Trafford

Labour is defending the highest number of seats - more than 2,200 - and will be hoping for a strong showing in London, where it made gains in last year's general election.

Elsewhere there have been few changes.In Stockport the Council remains in non overall control with Labour remaining the largest party though the previously Lib Dem stronghold of Cheadle Hulme North fell to them.

The Conservatives held Hillingdon, west London while Labour kept control of Barking & Dagenham, Ealing and Waltham Forest.

The elections will not affect seats in parliament, the Tories' slim majority there, or May's position as head of government; but the predicted carnage for Tory council hopefuls could cause further division within the Conservative Party itself.

The Conservatives gained Basildon and Peterborough, which had both been under no overall control.

The one point of light for Ukip was Derby, where the party held one seat and picked up another, unseating Labour's leader in the city.

Dr Fox told BBC News: "It looks as though the places where Ukip did well are reverting to their previous party".

At 5.30 a.m., with results in from 90 of the 150 English councils that were holding elections, Theresa May's Conservatives had a net gain of 11 seats, Labour had a net gain of 18, and the Liberal Democrats were up 40.

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Mr McDonnell played down suggestions the party could take Tory councils such as Wandsworth and said he believed it would be "really mixed" throughout the night.

"Even in areas outside of that the signs are that probably there os going to be a small swing from labour to Conservative at least outside of London".

Mr Khan, speaking at the Wandsworth count, told the Press Association: "What I'd be disappointed by was if we didn't make progress across London in terms of the numbers of councillors".

Most councils are counting votes overnight but others will declare results during the day on Friday.

Mayoral elections are taking place in Hackney, Lewisham, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Watford and the Sheffield City region, but there were no polls in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

There were reports on Thursday of some people being prevented from voting after turning up without the required identity documents, in areas which are trialling voter ID. Was informed that two people had already turned up without ID this morning so had been unable to vote. One Bromley councillor said on Twitter that five people had been unable to vote and that long delays were putting more off. She tweeted: 'Just been round the C Palace polling stations.

Charity worker Joe Batty, 54, cast his ballot when polls opened in the borough of Islington at 7am (0600 GMT)."The cuts to the local councils, that's come from the central government austerity", he said.

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