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Local elections: Wyre Forrest - Conservative hold

Local elections: Wyre Forrest - Conservative hold

Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn have both talked up the performances of their parties following the local elections.

THE Labour party held on to a strong presence in Prestwich and Whitefield as the Tories picked up a surprise seat in yesterday's Local Elections.

UKIP, meanwhile, experienced an electoral bloodbath, losing more than 120 councillors.

If the results were replicated at the next election, it would mean a hung parliament.

She added: "The people of Adur have been calling out for a change and we are providing them this change".

The conservatives also held on to Westminster, London's political district, indicating that their losses in the capital would come in at the lower end of the predicted range.

"And outside of London, we've made progress in places like Dudley and Walsall".

"Labour thought they could take control, this was one of their top targets and they threw everything at it, but they failed", she said. "After all the hard work, we are pleased with that".

"But we won't take anything for granted".

"We have a number of important areas to work on but the message is very much continuing to do what we have done and that has been reflected in the votes".

At one point earlier it looked as though Labour had done significantly less well than expected and it would have been an huge shock if the Conservatives had taken control, but it later evened out.

Kensington and Chelsea stayed blue, despite anger over the Grenfell Tower fire.

"We were quietly confident we would win", she said.

In this year's election, 14 of the 29 wards in Adur went to the polls, with the Conservatives defending nine, UKIP and Independents two apiece and Labour one.

Ms May's party did lose control of the highly prized council in the Trafford area of the northern city of Manchester - its only foothold in a important economic region, dominated by Labour, where the Conservatives have spent years trying to win support.

Anti-Semitism had previously cost Labour in 2016, when Paddy Heneghan and Andrea Simpson lost their Holyrood and Sedgley seats, to the Liberal Democrats and Tories respectively - as rows over the issue again dominated the party, following comments by Ken Livingstone.

Mr Corbyn said the party was "ready for a general election whenever it comes".

Council leader Ian Ward said: "It could have been better, but it could have been far worse".

"I am disappointed we lost the council but we're not going away".

"It's a slap in the face to my Jewish constituents and the Labour Party need to do more and they need to do it quicker".

Barry Rawlings, Labour leader in Barnet, admitted the losses were because his party had not dealt with anti-Semitism properly.

Iain Dale meets defeated councillor.

Mr Langleben claimed Mr Corbyn did not even understand the problem and called on him to visit the borough and apologise.

There are also signs of a Lib Dem revival in the area.

The party, which saw a net gain of more than 70 councillors, also secured the Hertfordshire council of Three Rivers from no overall control.

"Under Vince Cable, Liberal Democrats can become that and last night's results show we are becoming that". Joining Sophy will be former Cabinet minister Justine Greening, Conservative Party chairman Brandon Lewis and Labour Party chairman Ian Lavery.