COMMENTS: David Lammy
LABOUR ARE the early winners as the results filter in from the mid-term local elections, with early reports suggesting that the party are on course to gain 700 seats.
The Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats took a battering in the first national polls since the start of the coalition government last year.
Tottenham MP, David Lammy, told the BBC that his parties’ gains showed: “The mood is swinging back to Labour decisively.”
With around half the votes having been counted, Labour have won control of 22 councils and gained around 470 new seats. While the joint leaders lost slightly more than that, with 500.
The Prime Minister will be doubly embarrassed after the Tories lost seats in his own backyard, as Labour took Witney Central, Witney East and Chipping Norton.
Yesterday’s (May 3) vote was a key day for all political parties. Ten cities held mayoral ballots and there was also the London Mayoral and Greater Local Assembly (GLA) to deal with in the capital.
Nottingham, Coventry, Bradford and Manchester declined to have directly elected mayors, while results are being counted for the other six cities.
The London Mayoral and GLA results are expected later today.