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Local election results 2018: Parties fail to make decisive gains

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJeremy Corbyn: "There's much more to come and it's going to get even better" Jeremy Corbyn has said Labour achieved "solid" English local election results despite not making big gains. The party failed to take several targets from the Tories, including Wandsworth, but won back Plymouth and became the largest party in Trafford. Theresa May praised Tory councillors after winning Barnet,
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Sir Vince Cable: Lib Dem fightback on after local elections

[ad_1] Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable says his party is "beginning the fightback" after gaining dozens of seats in the English local elections."We are reasserting ourselves as a major national force," he told supporters in Richmond in London, where the party won control from the Tories.It also gained Richmond's neighbour Kingston, South Cambridgeshire and Three Rivers in Hertfordshire.Sir Vince claimed the party's critics were being proved "completely wrong".It marks
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Local elections 2018: Trafford lost by Conservatives

[ad_1] Image caption Labour is now Trafford Council's largest party with 30 seats The Conservatives have lost control of Trafford Council - the party's only council in Greater Manchester and its flagship northern council.The party lost five seats leaving the local authority with no party in overall control. Labour is the largest party with 30 seats.The Conservatives have 29 seats and the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party have two
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Labour MP Dan Jarvis elected South Yorkshire mayor

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption Dan Jarvis has been MP for Barnsley Central since 2011 Labour MP Dan Jarvis has been elected as the first mayor of the Sheffield City Region.Mr Jarvis received 144,154 votes after second preference votes were counted. Conservative Ian Walker came second with 50,619 votes.The ex-solider will lead the Combined Authority but currently has no extra powers or funds at his disposal due to a
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UKIP official likens party to the Black Death after big losses

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionUKIP general secretary compares his party to the 'Black Death' UKIP is "dormant" like the Black Death, its general secretary said after it suffered heavy losses in the English local elections.With most councils declared, UKIP had won three seats - including two in Derby - and lost 123.But general secretary Paul Oakley said it was "not all over at all" for
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Local elections 2018: Labour ‘quietly satisfied’, Tom Watson says

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJeremy Corbyn: "There's much more to come and it's going to get even better" Labour is "quietly satisfied" with its performance in the English local elections, the party's deputy leader has said.Tom Watson said Labour had "consolidated" gains it made in last year's general election.Labour won Plymouth from the Tories and became the largest party in Trafford, taking seats from the
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Local election results 2018: How important was the Brexit effect?

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSir John Curtice: Labour gains are par for the course The election results will come as a disappointment to Labour, relief for the Conservatives and mild encouragement for the Liberal Democrats. But what role did factors such as Brexit and the votes of young people play, ask Prof John Curtice and colleagues on the BBC's local elections team. It was a
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New Labour mayor Rohksana Fiaz plans to abolish her role

[ad_1] Image copyright Labour Party Image caption Rokhsana Fiaz was selected to be Labour's mayoral candidate for Newham Labour's newly elected Mayor of Newham wants to hold a referendum to abolish her role.Rohksana Fiaz, who won with 53,214 votes, said she was "proud and privileged" to be London's first directly-elected female mayor.She takes over from Sir Robin Wales, who was deselected after 23 years in the post.However, Ms Fiaz hopes
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UKIP official compares his party to the ‘Black Death’

[ad_1] UKIP general secretary Paul Oakley has likened his party's fortunes to the Black Death.He told Nick Robinson on Radio 4's Today programme "think of the Black Death in the Middle Ages, it comes along, causes destruction and then it goes dormant - and that's exactly what we are going to do".He insisted it is not over for the party even though UKIP is close to losing nearly all of