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London and UK local election 2022 results LIVE: Boris Johnson admits ‘tough night’ as Tories lose nearly 500 council seats

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he Prime Minister admitted it had been a “tough night” at the local elections as the Conservatives lost 481 council seats in England and saw London strongholds Westminster, Wandsworth and Barnet fall to Labour.

The prime minister said he took full responsibility for the results as Sir Keir Starmer’s party prevailed in a series of areas long held by the Tories in the capital.

But the Tories managed to capture Harrow from Labour – which suffered a big blow as Lutfur Rahman dramatically won the mayoral race in Tower Hamlets.

Reacting to the results during a visit to a school in his Uxbridge and South Ruislip constituency, Mr Johnson told reporters: “It is mid-term. It’s certainly a mixed set of results.

“We had a tough night in some parts of the country but on the other hand in other parts of the country you are still seeing Conservatives going forward and making quite remarkable gains in places that haven’t voted Conservative for a long time, if ever.”

Wandsworth had been a Tory stronghold for 44 years and was seen as the ‘jewel in the crown’ for the party, while Barnet and Westminster had never been held by Labour. London Mayor Sadiq Khan hailed the Wandsworth win as a “historic, joyous night for Labour”.

However, while Sir Keir Starmer’s party gained ground in the capital there was a mixed picture elsewhere with the loss of Hull to the Liberal Democrats but success in the new Cumberland authority.

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Final results in Wales

In line with their overall performance, the Tories have lost 86 (111) seats in Wales and one council.

Labour gaiend 66 (526) seats including one council itself.

Overall, Plaid Cymru gained three councila to four but lost six seats. The Lib Dems gained 10 seats taking their share to 69.

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Former DUP leader Edwin Poots elected to Belfast South

Former DUP leader Edwin Poots has won a seat in Belfast South.

The five assembly members are:

Deirdre Hargey (Sinn Fein)

Edwin Poots (DUP)

Matthew O’Toole (SDLP)

Paula Bradshaw (Alliance)

Kate Nicholl (Alliance)

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Alliance Party candidate first to be elected today

Paula Bradshaw fro mthe Alliance Party has been elected to Belfast South.

She becomes the first person to be elected today.

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Wes Streeting hits out at ‘desperate’ Tories as he defends Sir Keir over Covid probe

Shadow Health Secretary Wes Streeting has called the Conservatives “desperate” for accusing Sir Keir Starmer of breaching lockdown rules.

Durham Police announced on Friday that an investigation into allegations Sir Keir broke Covid rules during last year’s lockdown, had been launched.

Asked if Sir Keir should resign if he is fined for breaking the rules, Mr Streeting told Sky News: “I really don’t think it’s going to come to that because the police have looked at this before. I don’t see any reason why they would draw any other conclusions to the one they drew when they were last asked to look at this.”

Read our story here.

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Counting resumes in Northern Ireland

Counting has resumed in Northern Ireland where Sinn Feinn is predicted to becoem the larges party in Stormont.

Speaking on Friday, president fo the party, Mary Lou McDonald said: “Today is a good day — it’s about change, it’s about progress and partnership.

“We want to thank everyone for voting and being part of a democratic process in what, we believe, is the election of a generation. We are here to serve everyone.”

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Wes Streeting: Labour has made huge strides forward

Labour’s shadow health secretary praised his party’s local election performance but warned the Opposition cannto become “complacement”.

Speaking to Sky News on Labour’s electoral gains, he said: “That is remarkable progress with two years of Keir Starmer being leader of the Labour party,” he said.

“Of course there is more to do. We don’t want to sound the least bit complacent about that but I think that’s what the next period of Keir’s leadership in opposition is about.

“It’s about building on the progress that’s made and turning the hostilities to the Conservatives in government, a desire to see them out of government which is what I think these results show, into a hunger, an appetite for a Labour government.”

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Boris Johnson remains an asset, says Nadhim Zahawi

Boris Johnson remains an electoral asset to the Conservative Party, a Cabinet minister has insisted, despite the Tories suffering a net loss of almost 400 seats in local elections.

Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi urged Tory MPs not to move against the Prime Minister.

He told Sky News: “He is an asset, absolutely … If you look at the way that Boris cuts through in places like Nuneaton, places like Newcastle-under-Lyme, other parts of the country as well – Harrow in London.”

In a message to Tory colleagues, he said: “People don’t like to vote for split parties, for teams that are divided.

“We are strongest when we are united, we’ve got a Queen’s Speech next week where we will demonstrate to the nation that the second half of this Parliament is all about dealing with repairing the economy, recovering from Covid, the backlog of the NHS and national security – here at home, safer streets – and, of course, abroad.

“All of these things we have a plan for.

“We are stronger when we are united and that would be my message to all my colleagues.”

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Sinn Fein braced for historic win

So far, Sinn Feinn has won 18 seats in the Northern Ireland Assembly with countng set to resume later today.

The DUP has won 12 seats with a further 44 left to declare.

The Alliance party has won eight, the Ulster Unionist Party four, and the Social Democratic and Labour Party two.

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Tories lose over 467 seats

The Tory party has now lost 467 council seats with just two more councils in England left to declare their results.

Labour has gainrd 129 seats, the Lib Dems 222, and Greens an additional 76.

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Sinn Fein on course for historic victory in NI Assembly election

Sinn Fein is on course for a historic victory in the Northern Ireland Assembly election, after receiving the most first-preference votes.

With counting for the 90 Stormont seats continuing, the republican party had won 16 seats, well ahead of the Alliance on seven, the DUP on six, the Ulster Unionists on three and the SDLP on one.

Sinn Fein looks set to emerge with the most seats after it received 250,388 first preferences, compared with 184,002 for the DUP and 116,681 for the Alliance Party.

This means that it received 29% of first preference votes, compared with 21.3% for the DUP, 13.5% for Alliance, 11.2% for the Ulster Unionists and 9.1% for the SDLP.

Naomi Long’s Alliance Party looks set to be the other main winner from the election, with a surge of support for the cross-community party likely to make it the third largest at Stormont, ahead of the UUP and SDLP, who have both had disappointing results.

However, the counting process was slow, with just over a third of the 90 seats filled shortly before 10pm on Friday.

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