The Conservatives gained 235 council seats in last week’s (6 May) local elections in England, winning control of an additional 13 councils. Labour, meanwhile, lost one in five of the seats that it previously held.
The Tories made gains across the north and the West Midlands at Labour’s expense, taking control of councils including Dudley, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, Nuneaton and Bedworth, and Worcester.
Labour enjoyed better results in urban areas, winning 11 of the 13 contests for directly elected mayors in English cities and metropolitan regions, including gains from the Conservatives in the west of England, West Yorkshire, and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
While the Liberal Democrats gained only one council and seven councillors, the Greens gained 88 seats, more than doubling its representation and becoming the joint-largest party on Bristol City Council.