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Momentum's Unseat campaign results in no council wins so far

Momentum's Unseat campaign results in no council wins so far

Britain's main opposition Labour council failed in its bid to seize control of key London councils, including the City of Westminster, in England's local elections.

"I wish him or her every success in holding to account the Labour administration and advancing and protecting the interests of the residents of Redbridge".

"If you look at what happened in the general election in some places, that would pull anyone up".

Cllr Canal was first elected to the council in 2010.

A former mayor whose reinstatement gave the Conservatives control of a council by one seat has "sincerely apologised" over a racial Facebook joke which saw her suspended from the party.

Guardian columnist Owen Jones, who helped organise numerous events, noted that while Labour did not gain overall control of the councils they campaigned for, many saw an increase in the number of councillors elected.

Cllr Canal came top with 1,793 votes.

They also took Kirklees, a council we haven't held since 1999 and had their best result in London since 1971.

Many commentators pointed to the Conservative win in Pendle council in the North West as proof that Labour were being punished by the electorate up North.

Jeremy Corbyn has cancelled a visit to Barnet after the council fell to the Tories amid widespread anger among the area's Jewish population about anti-Semitism in the Labour Party.

A BBC projection of the English local election results put Labour and the Tories each on 35 per cent support, with the Liberal Democrats on 16 per cent.

"It hit us badly", said one of Labour's London MPs.

The other narrative in much reporting of the election has been the Labour Party being punished up North as some sort of revenge for questioning the wisdom of taking the United Kingdom out of any sort of customs union with Europe - including Ireland. The dial hardly moved for these areas in the local elections and they remain closely fought, with no dividend to be gained from a previous significant UKIP presence.

Adam Langleben, who lost his seat in High Barnet, told MailOnline that planned event for tonight has been cancelled but Mr Corbyn should still come in order to apologise for his failure to tackle anti-Semitism.

"I think some of the predictions about the outcome (have been) a bit wild, but we will be campaigning across the country, as we have been, to return more Labour councillors and have more Labour councils to protect people from the impact of Tory (Conservative) austerity", a Labour spokesman said. The Greens increased their share by eight seats to 39, while Ukip were the big losers, dropping 57 seats to hold just three.

Defending his comments on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, he hit out at the Momentum movement, which backs Jeremy Corbyn, for hailing results that suggested neither Labour or the Tories could break the electoral deadlock that delivered a hung parliament last June.

Ukip's general secretary Paul Oakley compared his party to "the Black Death" as he struggled to find positives in a night of virtual wipeout. "We will not tolerate racism of any form", the then Conservative council group leader Joe Clooney had insisted at the time, vowing that: "Rosemary Carroll has been suspended from the Conservative Group on Pendle Council and the Conservative Party with immediate effect, pending a full investigation in due course".



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