British Prime Minister Theresa May maintained her strong lead in opinion polls ahead of next month's national election, with one analyst saying she was on course for the kind of huge success Margaret Thatcher enjoyed over 30 years ago.
Voters across England, Scotland and Wales went to the polls Thursday to choose almost 5,000 new local councilors, in the shadow of campaigning for the snap June 8 general election and a bitter debate over Britain's departure from the European Union.
"We have five weeks to win the General Election so we can fundamentally transform Britain for the many not the few", he said in a statement. She warned voters that 27 European Union member states were lining up against Britain to win a deal that "works for them".
"I am disappointed at every Labour defeat in the local elections".
After the result, he urged local people to vote tactically at the general election on 8 June.
The SNP candidate in Ochil and South Perthshire, Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh, said: "The reality of results in England is that it shows Ukip have won control of this increasingly hard-right Tory government".
The Conservatives had taken control of five councils - Warwickshire, Lincolnshire, Gloucestershire, Monmouthshire and the Isle of Wight - and had stolen 160 seats from other parties by mid-morning.
The online poll of 1,552 people was conducted on May 3 and 4.
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Voting took place on Thursday in county councils across England, as well as Scotland and Wales, and for elected mayors in multiple cities and regions.
UKIP lost nearly all council seats the party had previously held.
The Liberal Democrats saw their share of the vote recover to about 18 per cent, but failed to make the breakthrough they hoped for in terms of seats.
On the Isle of Wight, 10 extra seats for the Conservatives give them an overall majority at the expense of the Independents. Like today as well, the council elections were held in May, followed by a General Election the month after.
The Conservatives registered gains of over 550 seats and bagged an extra 11 councils as counting in the local polls edged towards closing point this evening.
"I think the swing is down to Jeremy Corbyn, [Labour party leader] on the doorstep people don't like him and I think some people have voted Conservative for the first time in this election".
Former head of the retail chain John Lewis, Andy Street, became the regional leader of the West Midlands, narrowly seeing off former Labour MP Sion Simon. "It has been too London-centric for too long".
Labour still hold the majority of council seats in Wales, but that doesn't tell the whole story4.
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