ELECTION 2018: Drama as Torie's grip across the Portsmouth area weakens

Hannah Rogers
May 4, 2018

The Party also hold Bolton but only just after losing four seats they hold thirty one out of the sixty councillors elected.

Despite that disappointment for Labour, the ruling party did retain the marginal Pensby and Thingwall, which, at one point in the night, feared they might lose. Keighley West and Little Horton.

Daily Star Online earlier reported the councils to watch for possible Conservative gains include Portsmouth, Basildon, Thurrock, Peterborough and Colchester, all of which could see the party win overall control on a relatively small swing.

Deputy leader Mandy Perkins told the WHT: "It's always hard eight years in to a Parliament, local government always suffers from that".

He told the Recorder: "We've been wiped out, so of course it is very disappointing - it's a sad day".

"They are diverse in ethnicity, age, and they are energetic, they want to get out and work for the people of Welwyn Hatfield".

Party chairman Brandon Lewis told Sky News: "It's been a good night for us".

Cllr Andrew Western, leader of the Labour Trafford group said: "We hoped to take the council into no overall control tonight but to become the largest party at the same time is a fantastic bonus for us".

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"The Tories are in retreat and have held on by their fingernails".

The marginal Pensby and Thingwall seat was won by just 23 votes - Labour's Kate Cannon winning with 1,878 to the Conservative's Michael Collins, with 1,855.

Fourteen seats were up for election in Rugby, with the Conservatives and the Lib Dems gaining a seat each.

"Pallion in particular I have to highlight, as just months ago it was the leader's ward and in the space of however many months it's now a majority Lib Dem ward with our strongest vote share in the city".

"The council have been avoiding the affordable housing element of social housing, and we've held them to account on that".

Former Labour councillor Adam Langleben, who lost his seat in West Hendon, tweeted: "We must never have another election like this".

VOTERS throughout England are hitting the poll containers at the moment for native elections that can be a key check for Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn. With the only Conservative council in Greater Manchester we've seen significant levels of opposition activity.

He added: "What's also clear is the scaremongering and negative politics of the Conservatives has totally backfired across Welwyn Hatfield".

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