Local elections: No clear victor, Labour and Tories neck and neck

  • Local elections: No clear victor, Labour and Tories neck and neck

Local elections: No clear victor, Labour and Tories neck and neck

British Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party fared better than expected in local elections in England as the final results were announced early Saturday, in her first test at the polls since losing her parliamentary majority past year.

The Labor party was unable to seize Barnet, Westminster, Wandsworth or Kensington & Chelsea - longstanding Conservative councils in London that were the target of sustained campaigning by Corbyn supporters.

But Labour admitted "mixed" results despite a tough week for May, who has been plagued by cabinet divisions over Brexit as well as a row over immigration that toppled one of her top ministers. Lib Dems gained 55, Greens five and the U.K. Independence Party lost 122.

The BBC's projected national share of the vote, which uses the results in local elections to estimate the parties' standing across the country, put Labour and the Conservatives neck-and-neck on 35% apiece.

"We have to do better if we're going to be in government", said Lady Smith, Labour's leader in the House of Lords.

Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May both sought to put a fearless face on local council results that suggested neither can break the electoral deadlock that delivered a hung parliament last June.

On Friday night Tower Hamlets became the last council to declare, with Labour the victor.

May hailed the Thursday votes as a "strong night" for the Tories while Corbyn said he was "disappointed" after his opposition party failed to take key London boroughs from the ruling Conservatives and suffered losses outside the capital.