Jeremy Corbyn: Labour faces challenge on 'historic scale' to win election

But today UKIP are facing a future with no seats at all on Norfolk County Council, while the Conservatives added 13 to take their tally to 55 and win overall control.

Left-leaning Labour, Liberal Democrats, and Greens each have a different stance on Brexit. "There are four and a half weeks of campaigning still to go before the June 8 general election".

"Defence Minister Michael Fallon said: "(These are) encouraging results but I am cautious about predicating the general election on them.

'But we, the whole Labour movement and the British people, can't afford not to seize our moment'.

By calling an early national election, Mrs May has made the local votes a gauge of her leadership, and many of her Conservative candidates have campaigned in recent days using her campaign mantra of "strong and stable leadership".

Her party is also preparing to launch its flagship health policies over the weekend, with the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, scheduled to appear on television on Sunday.

The Liberal Democrat results have been mixed, with some gains and some losses.

The Conservatives took most of those seats, and Nuttall said that was a price Ukip is "prepared to pay" for the prize of leaving the EU. "We have still got to get out there and campaign for every vote".

"I'm taking nothing for granted over the next five weeks".

There were positives, with the north west remaining well and truly Labour - Steve Rotheram won the Liverpool City Region mayoral election, while Andy Burnham did the same in Manchester.

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With full results declared by 20 of the 88 councils holding elections in England, Scotland and Wales, the Tories had control of nine authorities, including five gains.

As Ukip shed 114 seats while holding just one in Lancashire, leader Paul Nuttall said the party was "a victim of its own success" over Brexit.

May succeeded David Cameron as prime minister previous year. But Labor held seven councils including Cardiff, Swansea and Newport. Results suggest the SNP will retain its command over Scotland's parliamentary seats next month, though the question is by how much, as the Tories return to levels of support not seen since the 1980s.

Final results showed the ruling centre-right party gaining ground across the country, with the main opposition Labour party taking a pounding and Brexit cheerleaders Ukip all but wiped out.

Political analysts have argued that Ukip had become a "gateway drug" for voters in Labor heartlands to shift to the Tories, which could be hugely damaging for Corbyn's party. They are foreign manufacturers that provide a lifeline to the local population in a largely industrial landscape where the majority of residents voted to leave the European Union.

They won tightly-fought battles for elected mayors in the West Midlands and Tees Valley and forced Labour into third place in its former stronghold of Scotland.

And when I ask them to do interviews for ITV, majority run a mile.

"We will stand up for everyone who doesn't want a second referendum on independence".

Alan Rhodes, who was the Labor leader of Nottinghamshire county council but is now leader of the opposition group, admitted that his party was "in a hard place at the moment". It is more reflective of the national malaise that the party finds itself in.

  • Megan Austin