Conservative party makes gains in early results of UK local elections

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The Conservative party has picked up seats in this week’s UK local elections and gained control of Gloucestershire, Lincolnshire and the Isle of Wight in early results from a vote seen as a gauge ahead of the general election set for June 8.

Conservatives made a net gain of 129 seats taking nine authorities and 510 seats, while Labour lost two councils with a net loss of 109 seats, according to the BBC. UKIP failed to win any seats and has a net loss of 41 seats.

Nearly 5,000 seats were contested in the local elections held on Thursday, of which there were 2,370 seats in 34 English councils, 1,254 seats on 22 Welsh councils and 1,222 seats in 32 Scottish councils.

The Conservatives have gained control over Gloucestershire, Lincolnshire, Monmouthshire, the Isle of Wight and Warwickshire from no overall control. They retained control in Essex, Hampshire, Dorset as well as Hertfordshire.

Labour lost some councils in Wales where it has traditionally been strong, giving up Blaenau Gwent and Merthyr Tydfil to independents. However, it held on to Newport and Neath Port Talbot council.

Labour strongholds Glasgow and Cardiff are yet to declare.

The West of England mayoral vote went to a second round after none of the candidates secured more than 50 per cent of the vote in the first round. Conservative candidate Tim Bowles held the lead for first-preference votes with 53,796 while Labour candidate Lesley Mansell recorded 43,627.

Labour’s Ros Jones was re-elected as mayor in Doncaster.

Scotland begins vote counting this morning.

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