UK local election results: Tories lose historic Westminster council amid Labor victory

Tories lose Wandsworth as Boris Johnson faces backlash from his own advisers

Labor won a historic victory in the Conservative Council of Westminster, a seat held by the Conservatives since its inception in 1964.

It came just hours after the Tories also lost their ‘crown jewel’ of Wandsworth, which Labor last held 44 years ago in 1978, in a blow to Boris Johnson.

The loss of council seats across the country has prompted local Tory leaders to ask Boris Johnson to “take a hard look in the mirror”, with some demanding a change in leadership at Westminster.

Meanwhile, it looks like a good night for the Lib Dems, who pulled off the first major swing of the night by winning Hull against Labour. After their victory, Baroness Kramer said it was ‘a community which in a sense has frankly been taken for granted by Labor and the Tories’.

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‘It’s not just Partygate’, local Tory leaders express frustration with Boris Johnson

As dozens of Tory councilors lost their seats amid row over anti-lockdown parties in No 10 and the cost of living crisis, local Tory leaders slammed the Prime Minister.

John Mallinson, leader of Carlisle City Council, hit out after Labor took control of the new Cumberland Authority that will replace it.

He told the BBC: “I think it’s not just the partying, it’s the integrity issue.

“Fundamentally, I just don’t feel like people are any more convinced that the prime minister can be relied on to tell the truth.

Thomas KingleyMay 6, 2022 6:45 a.m.

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Local election results to date

Six largest parties after announcement of 73 of 146 councils in England show Labor and Liberal Democrats making sizable gains while the Conservative Party suffers losses.

Thomas KingleyMay 6, 2022 06:40

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Full story: Labor win historic Westminster council

Labor won a historic victory in the Conservative Council of Westminster, a seat held by the Conservatives since its inception in 1964.

It came just hours after the Tories also lost their ‘crown jewel’ of Wandsworth, which Labor last held 44 years ago in 1978, in a blow to Boris Johnson.

Tightening its grip on the capital, Labor also won back Barnet, as Tory advisers criticized the PM amid the cost-of-living crisis and Partygate scandal, with one saying it should be a “warning shot” for the government.

Read the full story from our political correspondent, Ashley Cowburn, below:

Thomas KingleyMay 6, 2022 6:34 a.m.

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Election results ‘turning point’ for party, says Labor campaign co-ordinator

MP Shabana Mahmood, Labour’s national campaign co-ordinator, said today’s local election results are a “turning point” for the party.

“After the disastrous results of 2019, these early results show the progress we have made under Keir’s leadership. Labor is making progress in England, Scotland and Wales, taking control of key Conservative councils and winning on fields of vital parliamentary battles across the country.

“Voters trusted the change that Keir Starmer’s Labor Party represents.”

Thomas KingleyMay 6, 2022 06:30

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BREAKING: Tories lose Westminster for first time in history

Labor has taken control of Westminster City Council in London for the first time since its creation in 1964.

Thomas KingleyMay 6, 2022 6:26 a.m.

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Watch: Tories lose Wandsworth as Boris Johnson faces backlash from his own advisers

Tories lose Wandsworth as Boris Johnson faces backlash from his own advisers

Thomas KingleyMay 6, 2022 6:15 a.m.

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NEW: Tories hold Kensington

The Conservative Party held Kensington and Chelsea this has just been announced.

The Conservatives won 35 seats, Labor 13 and the Liberal Democrats 2. There is little change from the 2019 results, but things could be very different in the neighboring borough of Westminster as Labor have called victory in the conservative stronghold.

Thomas KingleyMay 6, 2022 06:08

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‘A new chapter’ to lead Bristol

Heather Mack, leader of the Green group, called Bristol’s decision to remove its elected mayor a “new chapter” in running the city.



The result of tonight’s vote marks a new chapter in the way our city is run. For many years, important decisions affecting our entire city have been made behind closed doors by one person that the public and elected officials cannot easily challenge.

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Councilor Jos Clark, leader of the Liberal Democrat Group, said: ‘The Bristol Liberal Democrat Group put the motion for this referendum to the full council in December last year and, in the spirit of cross-party working , was happy to let the Green Party support the movement.

“It’s a great example of working together for the good of our city and we look forward to more collaboration in the future and in a fairer system.”

Councilor Mark Weston, leader of the Tory group, said: ‘The mayor model has proven a disaster for Bristol – too much power for one individual. The public rejected this model of irresponsible government. We now need all parties to work together to bring a more conciliatory form of politics to Bristol.

Namita SingMay 6, 2022 6:03 a.m.

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Labor say they have won Westminster

A Labor source says The Independent they call the council of Westminster.

Earlier, PA reported that the Tories were themselves increasingly pessimistic about the situation in the London Borough, a council they have led since its inception in 1964.

Namita SingMay 6, 2022 05:57

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Main results to date

Voters headed to the polls on Thursday in 200 local communities across Britain. Here are some of the main results:

Sunderland
A poor performance by Labor could have seen the party lose overall control in Sunderland, a council it has led since 1973. But Labor retained its majority and lost just one seat, to the Liberals Democrats, who also won a second seat from the Conservatives.

cumberland
Labor won a comfortable majority in the new Cumberland Authority, which covers the former districts of Allerdale, Carlisle and Copeland in Cumbria – all areas currently represented by Tory MPs.

Nuneaton and Bedworth
Labor saw its majority in Nuneaton & Bedworth disappear in 2018 and the party lost more councilors in 2021 as the Conservatives took overall control. This year Labor lost another seat to the Conservatives, in a part of the country that will be a key battleground in the next general election.

shell
The Liberal Democrats secured a slim majority in Hull, dislodging Labor who had led the council since 2011. The new formation is 29 Liberal Democrats, 27 Labor and one independent – ​​but no Tories.

Derby
Labor had been hoping to close the gap with the Tories in Derby, where the council has had no overall control since 2018. But while the party made three gains it is still behind the Tories who now have 18 seats, with the Labor out of 16, Liberal Democrats eight, Reform six and Independents three.

Wandsworth
Wandsworth has been a longtime Labor target in London and this year the party finally won power from the Tories, who had controlled the council since 1978 and had prided themselves on charging residents one of the lowest average levels of tax of residence in the country.

Southampton
This was another major Labor objective and the party managed to regain control from the Conservatives, despite having a slim majority in the new council of just four seats.

Namita SingMay 6, 2022 05:51

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