Well done to Liberal Democrat local campaigners up and down the country for some terrific results last night:

  • BBC are estimating the Liberal Democrats beating Labour in the notional national share of the vote with 25% for the Lib Dems.
  • Overnight Lib Dem’s have been making a net gain of Councillors with two-thirds of the results in
  • Lib Dems have taken control of St Albans and Hull
  • We have successfully defended control of Stockport, Cambridge, Eastleigh and Rochdale.
  • Liverpool remains in Lib Dem hands as an independent joins the group to maintain our majority.

Liberal Democrats making gains so far include:

  • 6 Gains in Merthyr Tydfil as Labour lose control
  • 5 Gains in Stratford-upon-Avon, Hull (to take control) and Gosport (to deprive the tories of control)
  • 4 gains in Oldham (to become the largest party), Derby (to become the official opposition) and Colchester (where the tories lose control).
  • 3 gains in Knowlsey and in Cheltenham where we become the largest Party.

There was disappointment in Oldham, Warrington and Cheltenham where we missed out on control by just one seat.

In the new Durham Unitary Authority, we made a stunning 17 gains from the Press Association “notional” figures to give us 27 Councillors.

Less good news in West Lindsey where we lost the Council to the Conservatives, and in Pendle where we have lost control of the Council.

The scores at 8.30am

  • Conservative + 147 Councillors to 1977
  • Labour – 162 Councillors to 1573
  • Lib Dems + 9 Councillors to 1086

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