Conservatives win Lancashire County Council elections

Boost for May as Labour suffers losses and Ukip crumbles at local polls

Lib Dem president Baroness Brinton said the picture was "a bit patchy" for her party but "our areas of strength, we have done very well in, and I think that does bode well for the General Election".

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn holds roses received from supporters as they interact at the shopping arcade, Underhill Circus in Oxford on May 4, 2017.

The Tories have made gains in East Sussex, winning control of the county council, while maintaining their hold on West Sussex in local elections.

Polls have found that voters who desert UKIP, even if they previously backed Labour, are moving overwhelmingly to the Conservatives.

Describing the elections as "tough", shadow chancellor John McDonnell took solace in the fact that they were not "the wipeout that some people predicted" and insisted there was still "all to play for" in the General Election just five weeks away.

The survey, carried out before this week's big Conservative victory in local elections, put the Liberal democrats on 9 percent and the anti-EU UKIP on 7 percent.

In Scotland, which since the late 1990s has largely shunned the governing party, early results showed the Conservatives gaining to the detriment of both Labour and, to a lesser extent, the Scottish National Party, which still looked likely to win the lion's share of votes overall. 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.

The Greens now have two seats and Labour lost three of their four councillors.

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One abiding flaw in United Kingdom general election polling has been the "historical overestimation of Labour support", he writes.

The leader of UKIP in the county, David Sprason - who is also the party's national spokesman on welfare and social care - lost his seat to Conservative Peter Bedford.

With full results declared by all 88 councils holding elections in England, Scotland and Wales, the Tories had control of 28 authorities, including 11 gains.

Labour has lost control of seven councils at the end of a sobering day for the party.

Its losses were centered in Lincolnshire, a former UKIP stronghold where Nuttall is standing for election on June 8, Hampshire and Essex, PA said.

The results sparked a furious reaction from the party's former donor Arron Banks, who said Ukip was "finished as an electoral force" under its current leadership and needed "a strategic bullet to the back of the head".

Stephen Kinnock, Labour MP for Aberavon, was a dissenting voice, however, going against the party line.

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