UK PM May avoids London wipeout in local elections

Labour and the Tories have both lost control of key councils in the first wave of local election results.

The Conservatives also held the symbolic council of Westminster in the heart of London's political district, indicating that the final scale of losses in the capital would come in at the lower end of the predicted range.

Labour have gained Plymouth, but they've lost Derby to no overall control. And unlike in 2014 Labour has been marginally behind in the national opinion polls this time round.

The council has a total of 35 councillors, with 18 needed for a majority.

Labour lost Nuneaton and Bedworth with the council falling to no overall control after the Conservatives gained seats.

The Tories also no longer have control of Trafford in Greater Manchester.

"We've got a lot of new members and we've brought the party together". The rest are being counted during the day on Friday with results expected during the afternoon.

In addition, there are mayoral elections in South Yorkshire, where Labour MP Dan Jarvis is standing; in Watford, and in four London boroughs: Hackney, Lewisham, Newham, and Tower Hamlets.

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Support for Ukip has collapsed with the party winning just two seats almost five hours into counting.

There were reports on Thursday of some people being prevented from voting after turning up without the required identity documents, in areas which are trialling voter ID.

Bromley, Gosport, Swindon, Watford and Woking councils have all trialled the scheme to help cut down voter fraud.

Other changes saw Christian Hogg (Liberal Democrat) win Fletton and Stanground from Labour and Shazia Bashir (Conservative) take North from Labour.

MPs and councillors said people, including elderly residents, were being turned away because they did not have appropriate ID.

"1.67 percent of all voters across the five pilot areas were unable to vote because they did not have the required ID to vote".

She tweeted: "Just been round the C Palace polling stations".

The prime minister's spokesman said the "vast majority" of people had voted without a problem.

  • Adam Floyd