Local elections 2022: Lib Dems make gains as Partygate hits Tories and Labor admit ‘mixed picture’ – live updates | Local elections

The latest election results from the BBC, showing Labor lost two councilors in total while the Tories lost 46. The Lib Dems rose 25 while the Greens rose 16.

Labor is on track to take control of Southampton of the Conservatives, according to a poll expert John Curticewhich calculated a seven percentage point swing to Labor after a third of wards reported results.

He told the BBC:

This is one of the few pieces of advice that the Conservatives seem to be in serious danger of losing.

Here are some photos of some of the counts across the country:

London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Labor MP Rosena Allin-Khan react to the victories in Wandsworth on Friday morning. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters
It was a good night for Liberal Democrats across England.
It was a good night for Liberal Democrats across England. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters
The ballot boxes arrive for the counting in Petersburg.
The ballot boxes arrive for the counting in Petersburg. Photograph: Paul Marriott/PA
Conservative party supporters face a disappointing night in Wandsworth.
Conservative party supporters face a disappointing night in Wandsworth. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters
Ballots being counted in Sunderland, which was held by Labour.
Ballots being counted in Sunderland, which was held by Labour. Photography: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images

Another update from Barnettwhere Labor hopes to gain control from the Tories, who have ruled the council since 2002. Previously, the council was either Tory-owned or under no general control since its inception in the 1960s.

Sounding negative about his party’s chances of retaining control, Tory council leader Daniel Thomas told the BBC he was “disappointed but proud of our record over the past 20 years”.

If Labor makes any gains…it comes down to many factors and a perfect storm of 12 years of Conservative National Government and 20 years of Conservative Council, and the cost of living.

He also blamed the rise in National Insurance last month.

Labor won a convincing majority in the new council of cumberland “exceeding all expectations” for the party and giving the Tories a “devastating night”, reports BBC correspondent Robert Cooper.

As ITV’s Tom Sheldrick points out, all three local MPs are Tories.

This is the final composition of the new council. Exceeding all expectations for the job. The Tories were nominally defending 21 of those seats based on previous county council elections #LocalElections pic.twitter.com/MX9CDjktqS

— Robert Cooper (@BBCRobertCooper) May 6, 2022

Labor secured a majority in the new Cumberland council. A huge result for them and a devastating evening for the Tories here. The Greens will be very happy to have two councilors and the Lib Dems have increased their representation in the Cumberland area #LocalElections

— Robert Cooper (@BBCRobertCooper) May 6, 2022

BREAKING: Labor will have majority on new Cumberland council

This is a remarkable result – all 3 area MPs are Tories (Carlisle, Copeland, Workington)

2 seats still to be declared pic.twitter.com/0CN05dMFRN

— Tom Sheldrick (@TomSheldrickITV) May 6, 2022

Jessica Murray

Jessica Murray

The Tories failed to take control of the council in a parliamentary flag Peterborougha seat Labor will seek to target in the next general election, reports Guardian Midlands correspondent Jessica Murray.

The Conservatives only needed to win two seats to secure a majority in the council, which will not remain under any overall control, with the Conservatives remaining the largest party.

In the Northern Quarter, a 30.7 point swing to Labor saw them take 72% of the vote and win the Tory seat, but the Tories also took a boost from Labour.

Conservative council leader Wayne Fitzgerald said it was a “great result” for the party.

“We remain on 28 seats as Labor and the Liberal Democrats fail to make gains despite the tough national picture,” he said.

Election result in the North (Peterborough):

GAIN of work of the curators.

Lab: 72.4% (+30.7)
Cons: 27.6% (-16.9)

No LDem (-4.2), Grn (-4.7) and UKIP (-4.8) as above.

More: https://t.co/jlefq2hxg5

— Britain elects (@BritainElects) May 6, 2022

London Mayor Saddiq Khan arrived at the count in Wandsworthwhere Labor has so far won key quarters and there have been big smiles in the Labor camp – and long faces on the Tory side.

A quick reminder: if Labor takes control, it will be the first time since 1974. The Conservative majority fell to six in 2018, its smallest since 1982.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan with Labor supporters at Wandsworth Town Hall.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan with Labor supporters at Wandsworth Town Hall. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

And some additional analysis from a survey expert John Curticewho told the BBC that while the Lib Dem may be stealing the headlines and Labor’s progress has been “limited” it’s that “the Tories have lost considerable ground over the past 12 months”.

With well over 150 key districts now declared, the Tories are down 3 percentage points from their performance the last time these areas were contested in 2018, Labor is down 1 point and the Liberal Democrats are up 4 points.

If we compare the results with last year, Labor is up 4 points, the Conservatives down 6 points and the Liberal Democrats up 3 points.

So while the Liberal Democrats have stolen some of the headlines so far and Labor’s lead has been limited, the fact remains that the Tories have lost a lot of ground over the past 12 months.

Rowena Mason

Rowena Mason

Update on London from the Guardian’s deputy political editor, Rowena Mason:

London councils have yet to say, but a Labor source said Wandsworth and Barnett “look good”.

Wandsworth would be a particularly totemic victory for Labour, as it is a flagship low council tax local authority for the Conservatives and has been in party hands since 1978.

This would extend Labour’s dominance almost everywhere in the capital except the outer suburbs. There’s a chance Labor could even take Westminster too – although that seems less certain.

Our team on the ground in Wandsworth have been told by a senior Labor source at the count that Labor are calling it a win for them – Tooting MP @DrRosena on air now

— Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) May 6, 2022

A little more analysis from the University of Manchester professor of politics Rob Fordwho says it is still difficult to interpret what the results mean so far for Labor and the Conservatives.

“So far this looks like a messy set of ‘choose your own adventure’ results for Con vs Lab,” he tweeted.

On the other hand, he points out, it has been a great night so far for the Lib Dems and the Greens.

— Rob Ford 💙💛 (@robfordmancs) May 6, 2022n","url":"https://twitter.com/robfordmancs/status/1522384291317047301","id":"1522384291317047301","hasMedia":false,"role":"inline","isThirdPartyTracking":false,"source":"Twitter","elementId":"7555486b-5218-4984-a9ac-d9bf1e770416"}}'>

So far, it looks like a messy set of “choose your own adventure” results for Con vs Lab.
OTOH, much simpler story for the LDs – they have a great night, especially against the Cons. And the Greens also have a good night

— Rob Ford 💙💛 (@robfordmancs) May 6, 2022

As expected, Con spox focuses on LAb seat losses since 2018, Lab spox focuses on vote share gains since 2019.
Both have a point: Lab is up from its 2019 and 2021 lows, but in many places down from 2018, when Lab did well overall and much better in the red wall than he hasn’t done it since

— Rob Ford 💙💛 (@robfordmancs) May 6, 2022

James Johnsona Downing Street pollster under Theresa May, tonight challenged political comments suggesting Labor has failed to win back the ‘red wall’.

In a Twitter thread, he wrote:

The change in these elections is in 2018. In 2018 Labor *had* the red wall nationwide. Labor standing still or even retreating slightly in the red wall areas in these elections *is* progress for Labour.

Where Labor is struggling and backsliding further – just as they were in 2018 – are in areas like Amber Valley and Nuneaton. We do not see by any stretch of the imagination a seismic recovery for Labour. But much of the ‘Red Wall’ commentary is wrong tonight.


Change in these elections is on 2018. In 2018, Labour *had* the Red Wall nationally. Labour standing still or even going back slightly in Red Wall areas in these elections *is* progress for Labour.

— James Johnson (@jamesjohnson252) May 6, 2022n","url":"https://twitter.com/jamesjohnson252/status/1522379627175583744","id":"1522379627175583744","hasMedia":false,"role":"inline","isThirdPartyTracking":false,"source":"Twitter","elementId":"e75a4a9d-d2b5-496b-bfec-a0a16304426f"}}'>

Key point: Many mistakenly say that Labor is not “reclaiming” the Red Wall.

The change in these elections is in 2018. In 2018 Labor *had* the red wall nationwide. Labor standing still or even retreating slightly in the red wall areas in these elections *is* progress for Labour.

—James Johnson (@jamesjohnson252) May 6, 2022



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