Projection: PM would win Commons majority of 48

Nick Mcbride
May 20, 2017

"Nonetheless, Labour has been making the case up and down the country that Labour representatives, both locally and nationally, will stand up for the many whilst the Conservative party stands up only for the few".

The Conservative party have taken control of Warwickshire County Council, winning 36 of the 57 available seats.

Labour did win the mayoral contests in the northern English cities of Doncaster and Liverpool.

Some 52% of Labour voters who have quit the party since the last election said they would return if Mr Corbyn stood down as leader.

With only five weeks to go before the general election, this is encouraging for the Tories, who are now trading at their lowest odds since Theresa May called the election: [1.05] to win most seats and [1.08] to win a majority. "Theyre individual contests being fought in very differing situations, from local council-level, issue-driven campaigns up to large mayoral fights with some well-known politicians", a Labour party spokesperson said.

"The results were mixed".

But the results will deepen the gloom of Labour members who believe their staunchly left-wing leader Jeremy Corbyn - painted by the Conservatives as a high-taxing loose spender who is weak on security - is driving the party toward a resounding defeat on June 8.

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If Labour is looking for any good news to cling to, the BBC's election guru John Curtice has said today's figures suggest a national vote share of 38% for the Conservatives, versus 27% for Labour and 18% for Liberal Democrats - not quite the wipeout for Labour some polls have indicated. "We knew it was going to be a hard night".

By calling an early national election for next month, May has made the local votes a gauge of her leadership, and many of her Conservative candidates have campaigned in recent days using her campaign mantra of "strong and stable leadership". The ruling Conservative Party seems to be gaining local council seats according to preliminary resul.

By the time Britain woke up on Friday morning, only a fraction of its local election results had been counted but the outcome for each of the political parties was already clear.

One success the party will be stressing is retaining Welsh seats in Swansea, Cardiff and Newport councils, the latter of which the party will say was a Tory target.

With full results declared by 20 of the 88 councils holding elections - all of those in Scotland and Wales and 34 in England - the Conservatives had control of nine authorities, five of them gains, PA reported.

European Union leaders have dismissed the notion that the early elections would give the British government any leverage in the upcoming Brexit negotiations. In its actual council races, the party lost a handful of seats in each of England, Wales, and Scotland.

The Tories are on course to gain massive ground from the UKIP and Labour.

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