Monday, 20 November, 2017

Conservatives gain control in East Sussex local elections

Laurie Berry | 17 May, 2017, 19:27

LONDON (AP) - British Prime Minister Theresa May appeared on course for a sweeping election victory next month after her Conservatives made big gains in local elections at the expense of rivals on both the pro-EU left and the Euroskeptic right.

With full results declared by all 88 councils holding elections in England, Scotland and Wales, the Tories had control of 28 authorities, including 11 gains.

"Only a Conservative vote at the general election will strengthen my hand to get the best Brexit deal", she told supporters.

On April 18, May called for the snap election in a surprise move in order to bolster her position before going into two years of negotiations with the European Union about the terms of Britain's departure from the bloc.

Party leaders will return to the campaign trail amid opposition fears of a Conservative landslide after the Tories made sweeping gains in the local elections. UKIP deputy chairwoman Suzanne Evans acknowledged the party faced a "difficult dilemma". Finance spokesman John McDonnell described the results as tough, but "it hasn't been the wipe-out that some people predicted, or the polls predicted", reported the Reuters news agency. They polled over 10,000 votes and gained five seats from Labour.

The Greens now have two seats and Labour lost three of their four councillors.

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Theresa May's Conservatives celebrated major gains in councils across England and Wales yesterday, snatching voters from Ukip and setting the stage for a crushing Labour defeat in next month's general election.

Ukip suffered a near-
wipeout, gaining just one councillor and losing in almost all the wards it was defending.

Meanwhile, May (pictured below) said that "it's encouraging that we've won support across the whole of the United Kingdom but I will not take anything for granted, because there is too much at stake".

Despite notable Tory success in the Scottish council elections, the huge SNP leads in parliamentary seats protect Nicola Sturgeon against losses, the analysis said. "We have more votes, more seats and are in the driving seat of more councils than any other party". Results from the local elections suggest the message is getting through.

But given that Labour is the sitting party in 66 of the 71 seats that could change hands purely on a UKIP to Conservative swing, and Labour is now polling worse than it was in 2015, if anything this is likely to underestimate the number of seats the Conservatives could pick up. Street called his win the start of a "new, urban Conservative agenda".

Its misery was compounded by the fact Thanet District Council leader Chris Wells was beaten not only by the Conservatives, who won the Cliftonville seat he was contesting, but also Labour's Aram Rawf - a former refugee who fled Saddam Hussein's Iraq - who finished second.

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