Giuseppe Sandro Mela.
I risultati delle elezioni comunali inglesi sono ancora parziali. I dati definitivi saranno disponibili forse domani in serata.
«At 06:00 BST, across the 20 English and Welsh counties that have fully declared results, the Tories had control of 10 authorities and 523 seats, a net gain of 138»
«Labour had control of two authorities and 349 seats, a net loss of 121»
«The Lib Dems won 132 seats, a net loss of 24»
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Se questi risultati fossero confermati, i conservatori avrebbero ottenuto una grande vittoria, preludio a quella che si prospetterebbe probabile alle prossime elezioni politiche anticipate.
Ma l’evento più importante è la débâcle del partito laburista: se questo declino proseguisse per molto tempo i Tories potrebbero governare del tutto indisturbati. La “sinistra” sembrerebbe essere morta.
→ Bbc. 2017-05-05. Local and mayoral elections: Conservatives make early gains
Among Tory gains is Lincolnshire, where UKIP lost all of its seats in what one senior UKIP politician described as a “very disappointing” result.
Labour lost control of Blaenau Gwent and Bridgend.
Lib Dem results have been patchy and the party failed to stop the Tories retaining control in Somerset.
Many authorities, including all those in Scotland, will not begin counting until Friday morning.
A total of 4,851 council seats were up for grabs in 88 councils – all of those in Scotland and Wales and 34 in England – five weeks before the general election.
At 06:00 BST, across the 20 English and Welsh counties that have fully declared results, the Tories had control of 10 authorities and 523 seats, a net gain of 138.
Labour had control of two authorities and 349 seats, a net loss of 121. The Lib Dems won 132 seats, a net loss of 24 while UKIP had failed to win any seats, a net loss of 41.
Professor of Politics John Curtice said that the Conservatives had so far put in their best election performance since at least 2008 with an average swing of seven points from Labour to the Tories since 2013. He said the Conservatives appeared to have been the main beneficiaries of a sharp decline in support for UKIP.
The Conservative candidate for the new “metro mayor” post for the West of England, Tim Bowles, beat Labour’s Lesley Mansell by 51.6% to 48.4%.
Lib Dem president Sal Brinton described her party’s performance overall as “patchy”.
Ros Jones, the Labour mayor of Doncaster, has been re-elected after getting just over 50% of votes.