Labour fails to take flagship London councils in local elections


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. "They've been humbled, finally".

Treachery - the Fifth Column of Remainers colluding with a foreign power to damage us over BrexitThe Conservatives lost their only council in Greater Manchester in a defeat Labour claimed as a "huge coup".

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

Labour London mayor Sadiq Khan said past year that there was "no corner" of the city where the party could not win and insisted they could challenge the Tories "even in their crown jewels of Wandsworth and Barnet".

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

"I've never been a borough councillor and I'm told it's very different [to being a town councillor]".

The two main parties were each toasting some successes after 150 local authorities headed to the polls on Thursday. "I'm here for all the residents".

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Labour defended the other seven wards it held prior to the election, with incumbent councillors Gary Hewson, Loraine Woolley, Pat Vaughan, Adrianna McNulty and Helena Mair being re-elected, along with a new face in the Carholme ward in Laura McWilliams and Bill Bilton returning to City Hall after a two year break.

The Conservatives gained Basildon and Peterborough, which had both been under no overall control. The Conservatives also picked up one, with the Liberal Democrats finishing outside the top three in many areas.

Party chairman Brandon Lewis said the Conservatives did better than expected.

With more than half of the results declared, both the Conservatives and Labour were one council down on their 2014 result.

Mayoral elections are taking place in Hackney, Lewisham, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Watford and the Sheffield City region, but there are no polls in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

And there was anger in areas trialling controversial ID cards, with some people saying they were unable to cast their ballot.

In a message to the Grenfell community, he said: "Please put your trust in the enlarged and invigorated Labour group".