Belsize: Lib Dems take seats from the Tories after dramatic recount

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With about a 100 councils declaring an election result Labour has failed to take target councils in London, while the Conservatives lost control of Trafford but have gains elsewhere.

The votes equated to a 35 percent national vote share for both Labour and the Conservatives, though such projections are an inexact science.

"Last year, we gained our first councillor in Worthing for 41 years and now we have more Labour councillors in Worthing than ever before so the future looks good".

Talking of which, the one party that can reasonably claim something resembling a renaissance overnight is the Liberal Democrats.

The Westminister commentariat are only interested in local election results to the extent to they contribute to their national narrative about the standing of party leaders.

The Tories recorded a net loss of 31 seats and two councils, while the Liberal Democrats gained 75 councillors and four councils.

The district had been Tory-controlled and previously had spells under no overall control but the Lib Dems produced one of the most fantastic victories in recent electoral history at local level.

Mrs May visited Wandsworth to congratulate local Tories for holding off the challenge of Labour in the London borough.

The council is also one of those that took part in a pilot scheme, run by the Cabinet Office which required voters to bring ID in order to vote. We started our campaign early, and went around and spent time knocking on doors finding out what the issues really were.

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The centre-right party held on to key London councils despite a big push by the Labour main opposition, which failed to live up to its own hype. Due to Labour's hold over London and certain Labour swings, overall the Tories have lost councillors compared to the last time these seats were up, in 2014.

Leader of the Labour group Cllr Mohammed Iqbal said the situation was an "appalling state of affairs".

British Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative party fared better than expected in local elections in England, results on Friday showed, in her first test since losing her parliamentary majority a year ago.

Outside London, the Conservatives regained control of councils in the pro-Brexit regions of Peterborough and Basildon, largely at the expense of the anti-EU UK Independence Party.

He said in a radio that the whole Labor leadership had to address the failure to capitalize on government divisions, flawed Brexit negotiations and voter concern over the economy and public services.

Cable said the party had shown "we can win anywhere", pointing at wins in Liverpool, Sunderland and Gosport, "in both leave and remain areas". We've had turgid, heartless local politics for the last four years and if I achieve nothing else in the next four years, it will be to put the heart back into local government.

There is no overall control after votes were held across 11 wards.

One other goal in London was Hillingdon, within the west of the town - John McDonnell mentioned: "I believe we will take Hillingdon, with a little bit of effort now, we will take this borough again to Labour management".

"We're very much on the way back", insisted Sir Vince whose party increased its vote shares in areas including Hull, Sunderland and Liverpool.

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