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British Express Ruling Party Discontent in Local Polls

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

View of Bideford, England from the River Torridge
View of Bideford, England from the River Torridge (Shutterstock)
  • 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.