Thomas Bridge 23 May 2014

Local elections: Major wins and losses

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As Ukip’s Nigel Farage toasts his party’s ‘solid performance’ in the local elections, LocalGov charts the biggest wins and losses across the country.

Hammersmith and Fulham - Lab gain from Conservative

Ed Miliband’s party took control of the Tory flagship borough overnight, with local Labour MP Andy Slaughter describing the victory as a ‘massive result’.

Conservative MP for Chelsea and Fulham and deputy chief whip, Greg Hands, said there had been some ‘disappointing results in some wards in Hammersmith & Fulham’.

Portsmouth City – Lib Dem loss to NOC

Mike Hancock – now an independent candidate – lost his council seat to UKIP’s Julie Swan after a surge in support for Farage’s party.

Stuart Potter, chairman for Ukip Portsmouth, described the result as ‘fantastic’. Lib Dem Cllr, Michael Andrewes, said the election had been fought in ‘difficult’ circumstances.

Ukip gains in Essex spell Tory & Labour heartbreak

Basildon, Southend-on-Sea and Castle Point all saw Farage’s party gaining significant numbers of seats, with each authority moving to NOC. Ukip gained 11 seats in Basildon, five in Castle Point and five in Southend-on-Sea.

Labour fared little better in Essex, losing Thurrock to NOC after Ukip won five seats.

Swindon – Con hold

Labour failed to oust the Conservatives from this key target seat, the Tories gaining a single seat to maintain overall control.

Ukip’s major gains in Rotherham fail to oust Labour

Labour maintained control in Rotherham despite Ukip winning 10 seats at the council. However, the party’s deputy leader of the council lost his seat to his Ukip rivals.

LocalGov will be updating our interactive election map as the results are announced.

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