British Express Ruling Party Discontent in Local Polls

Britain’s two ruling parties lose hundreds of local council seats to Euroskeptics and Labour.

British prime minister David Cameron arrives for a European Council summit in Brussels, October 26, 2011
British prime minister David Cameron arrives for a European Council summit in Brussels, October 26, 2011 (European Council)
  • Britain’s ruling Conservative Party has lost 335 seats in local elections, although it retains control in a majority of counties.
  • The Liberal Democrats, who rule in a coalition government with the Conservatives, have lost 123 seats.
  • The opposition Labour Party has won 291 seats and with it control of Derbyshire, Durham and Nottinghamshire.
  • The United Kingdom Independence Party won 139 seats. It failed to win control anywhere but has wiped out the far-right British National Party.
  • The Sun, Britain’s largest tabloid newspaper, refused to endorse either party. The Daily Mirror backed Labour.

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