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Published: Sun, May 07, 2017
World | By Lorena Waters

Jeremy Corbyn: Labour faces challenge on 'historic scale' to win election

Jeremy Corbyn: Labour faces challenge on 'historic scale' to win election

The Tories added 562
councillors and seized control of 11 councils, taking advantage of the Ukip collapse and capturing the former Labour
heartland of Derbyshire in the party's best result for a quarter of a century.

Labour is weak everywhere - in Scotland, England and Wales.

"The General Election however is about a clear choice for local people - re-electing a hardworking local MP who will stick up for Bradford South or a Tory who will stick the boot in".

How bad is it for Labour? Finance spokesman John McDonnell described the results as tough, but "it hasn't been the wipe-out that some people predicted, or the polls predicted", reported the Reuters news agency.

It wasn't clear whose predictions he was talking about.

At time of writing, most but not all of the results have come in. In the two Labour marginals of Delyn (37th) and Alyn and Deeside (39th) in Flintshire, a repeat of Thursday's 4% swing from Labour to Conservative would see Labour lose both seats despite holding on to the council. (Prof Fisher's site was also more accurate than many others in the 2015 General Election). "The voters have
delivered their verdict on
Jeremy Corbyn".

Labour leader George Nobbs said: "I'm very, very pleased".

Ms Davidson said the results showed "only the Scottish Conservatives have the strength to fight back against the SNP". "He is the leader of the Labour party and will continue as the leader of the Labour Party". But with Labour and the Tories, the story changes.

In a potentially significant move for environmental campaigners, the Conservatives took overall control of Lancashire County Council - one of the councils at the centre of on-going battles over planning permission for new fracking projects.

However, Mr Burnham was reported to be celebrating his triumph at one of Manchester's trendiest restaurants, as Mr Corbyn was speaking to supporters.

"It's disapointing as I have had painful talks with my colleagues today as they have lost their seats, and for some, their livelihood".

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The Scottish National Party, who are seeking another referendum on independence on the back of Brexit, won 431 seats, up 31. A forecast return of voters to the Liberal Democrats failed to materialize, with the party seeing a net loss of 38 seats.

He repeated Labour's challenge to Mrs May to take part in TV debates, contrasting Labour's "open engaging" campaign with the "robotic" appearances by the Prime Minister.

"I am disappointed at every Labour defeat in the local elections".

Mr Lavery acknowledged: "A number of people have mentioned Jeremy and I've got to say that not all of them have been negative".

At the time of writing, the Tories had gained an extra 560 councillors.

The latest forecast from Electoral Calculus, based on a spread of recent polls, sees the Tories winning more than 400 seats, more than all the other parties combined.

There is always a danger of extrapolating how a general election will turn out on the basis of local government polls with a low turnout.

It's been a mixed bag for Tim Farron's party - they failed to break through against the Tories in the south-west England battleground but made advances in some General Election target seats like Eastleigh and Wells.

"What we've got to do is be much more effective in cutting through, over this next five weeks, that's our challenge isn't it?"

TV pundits made projections from the local votes to next month's general elections, estimating a Conservative majority of 48 seats in the House of Commons - well above the 330 seats in the last parliament, which had given the party a working government majority of just 17 seats.

Alex Salmond, the former SNP leader and former Scottish First Minister, joined up the dots.

"Standing up for the many against the few means a struggle against the odds".

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