Friday, 5 May 2017

Local and mayoral elections: Conservatives make gains

The Conservatives have gained control of five councils while Labour have lost two, on a night of contrasting fortunes for the parties in local polls.

Among the first sets of results in England and Wales, the Tories gained Warwickshire and Lincolnshire, where UKIP lost all of its 13 seats.

Labour lost control of Blaenau Gwent and Bridgend, but held onto Cardiff.

Lib Dem results have been patchy and the party failed to stop the Tories retaining control in Somerset.

Many authorities, including all those in Scotland, will not begin counting until Friday morning.
A total of 4,851 council seats were up for grabs in 88 councils - all of those in Scotland and Wales and 34 in England - five weeks before the general election.

BBC    News.