ELECTION 2018: Drama as Torie's grip across the Portsmouth area weakens

Mrs May has been campaigning around the country this week including in Manchester on Monday

The results are in from the 2018 local council elections in Essex.

UKIP lost three seats on a night when a third of the council, 16 seats, were being contested.

The election result was the same as in 2017 when Mr Western held the seat for Labour, with only the Greens increasing its number of votes.

The Greens won two seats in Sheffield after the Labour-led council was criticized for felling thousands of trees, while the Lib Dems won back control of Richmond, a key council they lost in 2010, and gained seats elsewhere.

By the time counting finished at Silksworth Community Pool Tennis & Wellness Centre just after midnight on Thursday, the party had wobbled, but still maintains an overwhelming majority in the council chamber.

The one point of light for Ukip was Derby, where the party held one seat and picked up another, unseating Labour's leader in the city.

Councillor Chris Emmas-Williams, who represents Codnor and Waingroves, said that next year's election will feature 14 seats held by the Conservatives and just one held by Labour, which he feels gives them scope for a comeback.

The Lib Dems are hopeful of preserving maintain of Sutton, their final London council, and hope to grab Kingston from the Tories.

Cllr Sean Anstee, the Conservative Group leader told Place North West: "We were clearly an obvious target for the Labour party".

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Leading pollster Sir John Curtice, professor of politics at the University of Strathclyde, said there was little for Labour to celebrate in the results.

Describing the turnout as "very, very disappointing", he added: "I think people have got election fatigue and I think also there is a slight disenfranchment with politicians generally".

It leaves the group with its biggest ever representation on the council, a feat trumpeted by their leader Malcolm Cowan.

In Bradford, the Labour Party gained four seats, going from 48 to 52, well above the 46 needed for a majority.

Nevertheless the Tories have a 24-seat majority so an enormous swing can be required for the authority to alter arms.

THE latest round of local elections in Sunderland saw Labour take a bruising at the polls, writes local democracy reporter James Harrison.

In the end, the Greens won it with 1,881 votes - 50% to Labour's candidate, Paul Jobson, who won 48%.

It also become the largest party in Trafford - which had been the Conservative's only council in Greater Manchester.

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