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Local Elections:Tories lose control of Trafford

04 May 2018, 12:09 | Jermaine Blake

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The primary battleground is London- where Labour has been hoping to ride a wave of Remainer anger to seize Tory strongholds like Wandsworth Westminster and Barnet

Labour also held Salford Council having gained two seats although losing Kersal to the Conservatives.

Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party avoided a wipeout in London local elections and eked out gains in Brexit-supporting regions elsewhere, early results on Friday (May 4) showed, although her Labour opponents did gain ground in the capital.

The Labour leader launched his party's local election campaign in Trafford and is now able to celebrate Labour becoming the largest party in the Greater Manchester borough for the first time in 15 years.

The Conservatives defeated former Labour Councillor Liz Maxwell who was standing as an Independent in Minster.

Gains were made by Labour across the board, but most interestingly was in the marginal ward of Walkden South, where 19-year-old Laura Edwards won the seat for Labour, with 1,460 votes.

Jeremy Corbyn's party could still seize Barnet but nearly six hours after polls closed looked set to fail to win the Tory crown jewels of Westminster and Wandsworth.

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"In part that is the result of the UKIP vote collapse and the Conservatives are advancing most strongly in Leave areas where Ukip were previously strongest". There were gains in Peterborough and Basildon, the latter a result of capitalising on UKIP's demise.

"It's certainly a poor night in terms of the Labour Party outside London".

Despite retaining overall control, the Conservatives lost individual seats in Westminster and Wandsworth.

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) was thought to be a wildcard due to anger over the Grenfell fire tragedy last June, which killed 71. This was their biggest blow for the night, and understandably so in a predominantly Jewish area, with a nod to the Labour party's anti-Semitic problem.

Delay over NHS report into killing of two hospital patients by man taken off anti-psychotic medicationMr 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.

"What we were looking for was steady progress". The vote may be supposed to be about local issues - schools, planning, trash collection - but many people see them as an opportunity to kick the party in national power.

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