Here's everything you need to know about the local election results

Here's everything you need to know about the local election results

Labour general election candidate Gillian Troughton was "devastated" after suffering a shock defeat in the county council elections.

Labour remain the biggest party on Bridgend council, with 26 seats, but the Conservatives, who only had one seat, now have 11.

Former retail sector boss Andy Street won a tight contest with Labour for the West Midlands area around Britain's second city Birmingham, although former Labour cabinet member Andy Burnham won Greater Manchester.

Mr McDonnell insisted that Labour's vote "held up" in areas of Wales where Jeremy Corbyn had campaigned, and said there were signs that voters were developing more confidence in the party leader as he had the chance to get his message across.

"We have five weeks to win the general election so we can fundamentally transform Britain".

It was also a disappointing night for the anti-Brexit Liberal Democrats who are hoping to mount a comeback on June 8.

The Conservatives were on 46 percent, up four points from last week's ORB poll, while Labour was unchanged on 31 percent ahead of a June 8 national election, the poll said.

In 2013, Labour won 39 seats and formed a majority with the Liberal Democrats who won 6 seats. Economists are anticipating a rebound in job growth after an unexpected dip in March capped off what we now know was the worst quarter for the United States economy in three years.

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And Mr Morrison officially scrapped $13 billion in so-called zombie Budget measures hanging over from the 2014 and 2015 budgets. The airport is expected to create 60,000 jobs in the long term and is projected to be complete by 2026.

All the results were expected later on Friday, but at noon, the Conservatives had control of 10 authorities and 786 seats, a net gain of 215.

Party leaders will return to the campaign trail amid opposition fears of a Conservative landslide after the Tories made sweeping gains in the local elections.

The party has won a majority of seats in Lancashire County Council.

Early results in the polls, which voters often use as an opportunity to protest against the ruling party, showed May's Conservatives had gained more than 100 council seats and secured victory for their candidate as mayor for the West of England.

Al Jazeera's Barnaby Phillips, reporting from Westminster, said it was striking that the Conservatives had made gains in Scotland, pushing Labour - once the dominant political force in Scotland - into third place, behind the Scottish National Party and the Conservatives.

Much of the Conservative Party success has been attributed to the UKIP vote switching en masse to the Tories as the anti-EU and anti-immigration party suffered a complete wipe-out in Thursday's polls.

European Union leaders have dismissed the notion that the early elections would give the British government any leverage in the upcoming Brexit negotiations. If 1983 is to be the guide then, today's results could be optimistic as Labour seeks to read the tea leafs and understand what it will mean for its representation in Parliament.

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