Redbridge Conservatives to appoint new leader after Labour's massive local election victory

Labour MP for Kensington Emma Dent Coad  had her had in her hands as the gloomy results came in for Labour last night. The party had hopes to capitalise on anger over the Grenfell Tower tragedy to make major gains

British Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party fared better than expected in local elections in England as the final results were announced early Saturday, in her first test at the polls since losing her parliamentary majority past year.

"The Conservative Party has been reminded tonight that the electorate that it now has is disproportionately a "Leave" electorate", polling expert John Curtice told the. While UKIP achieved 35.5% of the vote there in 2014, coming a clear 1st, this time around their vote share fell by around 30 points and there are now just three UKIP councillors on the authority.

"It is hard to avoid the conclusion that the Labour Party performed less well in wards that have quite a lot of people from the Jewish community".

"In a sign of how anxious they are about Labour's advance, the Tories talked up our chances to unrealistic levels, especially in London", he said.

But the party's performance in the local elections that year was one of its worst ever.

Although Labour took Plymouth, the Conservatives picked up seats by exploiting a collapse in support for Ukip.

Voting decides more than 4,400 council seats, determining the makeup of 150 local government authorities who are responsible for the day-to-day provision of public services.

"It wasn't because they disagreed with our manifesto, but because they felt the Labour party has failed to deal with antisemitism on a national level".

The consensus of opinion in the British media Friday was that with most of the results in, the election had been a night of mixed fortunes for the two big political rivals, the Conservatives and Labour.

There was success too for the Conservatives outside the capital, where the anti-EU UKIP Party's vote collapsed.

North East Lincolnshire was a Labour target before the election, and they will have been disappointed not to take control of the council.

Labour did not win any London councils from the Conservatives, who increased their majority in Barnet, where the row over anti-Semitism in the party was blamed for the poor showing in a borough with one of the UK's largest Jewish populations.

Mr O'Flynn added: "I don't think it is true that we are not in the game anymore, though clearly we are down to our irreducible core".

May will remain under pressure from rival Conservative factions: those who want to keep close ties with the EU by staying in the customs union, and others who say anything short of a clean break is a betrayal of the Brexit referendum result.

Labour gained control in Tower Hamlets from no overall control - and even though it was Labour's only gain in the capital, the party claimed the results amounted to the party's best showing in London since 1971. They also won Basildon and Peterborough, which had both also been under no overall control.

The Lib Dems also won neighbouring Kingston upon Thames from the Conservatives.

Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson acknowledged the Jewish community had "sent us a message" and said the party had to learn lessons when it came to dealing with anti-Semitism in its own ranks.

Mr Corbyn's party lost Nuneaton and Bedworth - a bellwether area that often indicates the colour of the Government at general elections - as well as Derby.

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