Below are are the results from the English local council elections, firstly in terms of Councillors elected and secondly in terms of councils controlled.
Labour won. Labour have opened a huge lead over the Tories, have the most seats and have made the most gains. Labour control the most councils, and the results of the England Council elections would potentially give Labour a majority in the House of Commons.
The Conservatives had a mediocre day. They have lost a lot of councillors, but there is no need for them to panic. They are certainly capable of winning next year’s general election, perhaps outright. After all, they are the incumbent government that’s still a year away from a general election.
The Lib Dems did lose. They failed to hold almost half of the seats they were defending, and lost control of two councils. The party could be on course to lose 20 seats in the House of Commons, if these results are anything to go by (however they would retain the balance of power in the case of a hung parliament). It was a disaster.
Despite symbolic victories, council victory was pyrrhic for UKIP. UKIP currently control a grand total of 0 councils. They made only just over half of the gains Labour did. They are left with significantly less than half of the councillors of the Lib Dems. Where a decent amount of the councils pushed into ‘no overall control’ can blame their fate on UKIP, UKIP have simply been an inconvenience.
Perhaps people have been wise. UKIP have no policies on local levels. Very few of their current councillors campaigned properly- most put their names down as paper candidates, didn’t tell people what they stood for and didn’t put their own face on UKIP leaflets. It seems as though the English people don’t want UKIP to mess with their cities.
Despite media gloom, local elections were a victory for Ed Miliband and despite celebrations amongst the UKIP leadership, they were a UKIP anti-climax. The story was very different in the European elections.
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