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Local elections: Gains for Tories as Labour lose 119 seats

CITY LEADER: A ballot box is carried during the West Midlands mayoral election count in Birmingham (Reuters)

By: Rithika Siddhartha

INITIAL results from local elections in Britain released this morning (5) showed a strong boost for prime minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party ahead of next month’s general election. The early results, which started trickling out from 6am, showed the Tories had made strong gains, dealing a blow to Labour and all but wiping out the UK Independence Party (UKIP). At 7 am and with a fourth of the counties declared, the Tories had control over 10 local authorities – out of 88 – with 553 seats representing a net gain of 150. Labour had control of five authorities and 338…

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