Conservative party wins over 550 seats amid Labour lossess local polls

Mr Corbyn, whose leadership had been widely criticised from within the Labour ranks, described the results as "mixed" and claimed the party was "closing the gap" on the Conservatives.

"It was awful what happened over the last 48 hours, I'm really disappointed, but you know what, time and time again in terms of the Labour party and our movement overall, is when it is tough, well people stand up and get on with it.it will be a test for all of us".

British PM Theresa May could win a Commons majority of 48 in the General Election based on a study of local election results, according to Professor Michael Thrasher.

Meanwhile, Labour slumped to become the third largest party in Scotland's councils, and was kicked out of power in its Glasgow heartland for the first time in nearly 40 years.

"They're going to return to UKIP, so the future of UKIP is very bright indeed".

"The reality is that today, despite the evident will of the British people, we have bureaucrats in Europe who are questioning our resolve to get the right deal. Only a general election vote for the Conservatives will strengthen my hand to get the best deal on Brexit".

"We have five weeks to win so we can transform Britain for the many, not the few".

The Sun reports that the leader's allies have blamed the colossal defeat of UKIP for the poor results, in addition to the attempts of some of Corbyn's own MP's to tarnish his reputation.

He is expected to say: "If Labour is elected next month we will guarantee that for the next five years there will be no tax rises for income taxpayers earning less than £80,000 a year, no hikes in VAT, and no changes in your National Insurance Contributions either".

Conservatives won the West of England metro mayor contest, while Labour claimed the mayoralties in Greater Manchester, won in the first round of voting by former cabinet minister Andy Burnham, Liverpool, Doncaster and North Tyneside.

The Lib Dems increased their share of the vote by 7% but lost more than 40 seats.

Much of the Conservative Party success has been attributed to the UKIP vote switching en masse to the Tories as the anti-EU and anti-immigration party suffered a complete wipe-out in Thursday's polls.

The Ukip leader told Sky News that he thought that Theresa May would "barter things away", such as fisheries and freedom of movement, when negotiating Brexit, and that would upset many. The word "disastrous" is said to have been used by members of the party, despite the leader not viewing the results this way regardless of how many seats they lost.

"We will stand up for everyone who doesn't want a second referendum on independence".

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