Let’s just be clear about the real losers of the 2016 UK elections: The Conservative Party.
Despite the huge attention paid to the performance of Jeremy Corbyn’s party, the Conservatives actually suffered a net loss of more than twice as many council seats as Labour, the final local election results have revealed.
With all but one of 124 contested councils having finally declared their results, it can be revealed that the Tories are down 47 seats compared to 18 for Labour.
This conflicts with pre-election analysis that had predicted Labour might lose as many as 150 council seats.
Nationally, with results from 123 out of 124 contested councils now in, the Conservatives have 828 seats, down 47 from before Thursday’s local government elections.
Labour, by contrast have 1,289 seats and are down only 18.
Labour also won the Bristol and London mayoral elections while maintaining its councillor count in some southern English areas including Harlow, Crawley and Southampton.
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