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Labour have won a string of victories in English and Welsh local elections - with shadow ministers claiming Ed Miliband is now on course for No 10

The party is set to add more than 700 seats and has taken control of councils including Birmingham and Cardiff.

Based on results so far, Labour are projected to end up with a 39% national share of the vote, up three points, with the Tories down four on 31%.

The Lib Dems' share of the vote is estimated to be unchanged at 16%.

In other developments:

  •     Estimated turnout is 32%, the lowest since 2000
  •     Labour are making substantial gains in Wales, including taking Cardiff
  •     Labour's Joe Anderson is elected Liverpool's first mayor
  •     But voters in Manchester, Nottingham, Bradford and Coventry reject the mayoral system with other cities tipped to   follow
  •     Polls predict a win for Boris Johnson in London - but results are not expected until Friday evening
  •     UKIP has its best ever local election night with a 14% share of the vote where they had candidates, although they have won few extra councillors
  •     George Galloway's Respect gains five councillors in Bradford and unseats Labour group leader

Source: BBC News


Written by Scott Buckler
Friday, 04 May 2012 8:08

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