May says not taking local election triumph for granted

May says not taking local election triumph for granted

May says not taking local election triumph for granted

If the trend continues, it could put the Conservatives on course to win dozens of parliamentary seats from its Labout in a snap general election on June 8. The Liberal Democrats, who had hoped to catch a wave of anti-Brexit anger, lost seats, as did the Scottish National Party, looking for leverage to call a second referendum on independence.

"Don't wake on up on June 9 to see celebrations from the tax cheats, the press barons, the greedy bankers, Philip Green, the Southern Rail directors and crooked bankers that take our wealth, who have got away with it because the party they own, the Conservative Party, has won".

After seven years of Tory government, with the health service and education in crisis and fears over a hard Brexit, it should be the opposition surging ahead and the government party shedding seats but the reverse is the case for Labour under Jeremy Corbyn. It also lost the English councils of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Northumberland.

The Liberal Democrats, meanwhile, were down by almost 30, while the UK Independence Party (UKIP) had lost all of the 41 seats it held at the previous elections.

They suffered a net loss of 32 seats, but Farron believes their performance in areas like St Albans, where he addressed activists, prove his party is on track to more than double its presence of nine MPS at Westminster in the General Election.

Labour is now being pushed back to its northern cities and its historic heartlands, none of which is enough to propel the party to Number 10.

"These elections are a challenging set of contests held in unique circumstances", a Labour spokesman said.

"Nonetheless, Labour has been making the case up and down the country that Labour representatives, both locally and nationally, will stand up for the many whilst the Conservative party stands up only for the few".

And it was a disastrous day for the anti-EU, anti-immigration UK Independence Party, which lost all 114 seats it was defending, and won only one new one. The risk is voter apathy, with Britons facing a fourth major vote in as many years.

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GETTYThis points to a massive majority for Theresa May in next month's General Election

Turnout generally had been "slow but steady", John Turner, chief executive of the Association of Electoral Administrators, told the Local Government Chronicle.

Time and again the phrase they use is that those around Jeremy Corbyn must "own" any defeat.

Strategists from all the major parties will be scrutinising the results closely for signs that May's relentless message of providing "strong and stable leadership" has persuaded habitual Labour voters to defect to the Conservatives.

May has accused European Union officials of seeking to sway the outcome of the election by issuing threats over Brexit, and warned voters that the other 27 member states were lining up against Britain to win a deal that "works for them".

If the scale of Theresa May's victory in Britain's local elections was startling, so too was its geography.

Those who voted Ukip last time clearly voted Tory yesterday because the Conservatives under May have "stolen" the policies of the far Right party, it was claimed.

Wells said: "Don't just assume that the projected overall shares of the vote at this week's votes are going to be repeated in next month's election". But then Theresa isn't looking to gain votes from people who are sensible and logical thinkers.

"This Brexit negotiation is central to everything", May said after her meeting with Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday, marking the dissolution of Parliament and start of the election campaign.

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".

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