Conservative Party loses over 400 seats in local elections

Tory MP: ‘I am not happy’ with local election result

Friday, May 3, 2019

The Conservative Party has lost over 400 council seats, with over 100 councils yet to declare their results. 

As of midday on Friday, the party had lost 453 seats - the most of any party in the elections. 

The votes for 133 councils are yet to be revealed. 

The Conservative Party’s Vice Chairman for Local Government has said that he is not happy with the local election results, but added that there are "bright spots". 

Despite the loss of seats, the Conservatives have won control of Bolsover District Council in Derbyshire since 1987. 

Marcus Jones, the Conservative MP for Nuneaton, told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer: “There are bright spots but clearly I am not happy with the overall results.

“There are a number of good Conservative councillors that are not in place this morning. Clearly, that is regrettable.”

Mr Jones suggested that the party knew “it was always going to be a really difficult night”.

However, the Conservative MP added that Labour “should be doing far better”.

“They should not be in a position where we are taking councils off of them,” he added.

The Labour Party has currently lost 75 seats, with results expected to continue to come in over the day.

Mr Jones said people were voting “out of frustration more than anything”.

“A lot of people are frustrated with the Brexit situation and I completely understand and agree with it,” he said.

"I have voted on a number of occasions for us to leave the EU.

“If we had done that, we would have been out by now and picture for today would have been different.”

Andrew Gwynne, the shadow secretary of state for communities and local government defended Labour’s results saying “there are mixed pictures across the country”.

The Labour MP told talkRADIO’s Ross Kempsell “it is still early days”.

“Obviously I am disappointed where we don’t get Labour councillors elected but we have picked up seats,” he added.

“Yes there is disappointment in parts of the country where we have fallen behind but in some of those key areas where we do need to show progress we are making that progress.”

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