Labour wins control of key councils
The Labour Party has gained control of key councils across England in local elections held yesterday.
The country’s largest stock-owning local authority, Birmingham, has gone from being run by a Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition to being dominated by Labour, which now has 77 of the 120 seats on the council.
The party has also gained control of Burnley, Carlisle, Chorley, Derby, Dudley, Exeter, Great Yarmouth, Harlow, Newcastle under Lyme, North East Lincolnshire, Norwich, Nuneaton and Bedworth, Plymouth, Reading, Redditch, Rossendale, Sefton, Southampton, Thurrock and Wirral.
In Cambridge the Liberal Democrats lost overall control of the council, losing 4 seats to leave the party with 21 to Labour’s 20. The parties recently clashed over plans to impose a limit on the number of houses in multiple occupation in the city.
With results in for all 181 councils across England, Scotland and Wales where elections were taking place, Labour has gained 32 councils and 823 councillors. The Conservatives have lost 12 councils and 405 seats, and the Liberal Democrats have lost 1 council and 336 seats.
Shadow deputy prime minister Harriet Harman said the Labour victories would help councils protect people from central government policies, such as welfare cuts.
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