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Local elections: West Midlands win caps off a day of stunning successes for the Tories

  • The Tories are up 540 seats, have gained control of 11 councils and enjoyed success in the Tees Valley, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and West of England mayoral races. Conservative candidate Andy Street has won the West Midlands mayoral contest.
  • Labour’s vote has plummeted, with the party losing 360 seats as well as control of six councils. Labour’s Steve Rotherham won in Liverpool’s mayoral contest; Andy Burnham won in Greater Manchester.
  • Ukip has lost every seat it was defending. The party has gained one seat across the whole country – in Lancashire, from Labour.
  • The Lib Dems have lost 24 seats but have seen their share of the national vote jump by seven per cent.
  • The SNP are down 7 seats in Scotland, with the Tories up by 164. Scottish Labour lost overall control of Glasgow council for the first time in more than 35 years. The Tories pushed Labour into third place in Edinburgh

The final results:

In England, with all 34 councils declared, the Tories are up 317 seats, with Labour down by 142. The Lib Dems lost 26 seats, while Ukip suffered heavy defeats across the country, losing 143 seats.

In Wales, Labour are down 107 seats, with the Tories gaining 80. Plaid Cymru enjoyed success across the country, winning 33 seats.

In Scotland, the Tories are up 164 seats. Labour are down 133 seats and the SNP lost seven seats overall.

Here’s how the day unfolded:


Jeremy Corbyn conceded that there were ‘disappointing results’ across the country for Labour. When asked about his future as party leader, he said he was ‘loving every minute of it’.


Tory candidate Andy Street has been elected as West Midlands mayor.


David Cameron has tweeted some warm words for his successor:

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