Nationally it has been a patchy picture but voters have been using the local elections as a protest vote against the Tories Partygate scandal and the cost of living crisis
Both Wandsworth and Westminster councils in London have fallen to Labour,the latter had been in Tory control for over 50 years as well as Barnet
Labour also won a majority on the new Cumberland council – taking 30 seats to Conservatives’ seven.
Labour also took Southampton but outside of the capital the party has only made modest gains elsewhere across England
In Hull the Lib Dems have taken contro of the council from Labour With the party making gains generally across councils in England overnight
Liberal Democrats have gained 5 councillors in West Oxfordshire. The Tories have now lost their control of the Council.
Commenting on the results so far Sir John Curtice said that Tory MPs will worry about results in Southern England given many of them have seats there. But outside London there is evidence that Labour has lost ground and is performing below expectations
‘There is still very substantial legacy of impact of Brexit’
Former No 10 Chief of Staff Gavin Barwell tweeted
“Waking up to catastrophic results for the party in London. Wandsworth & Westminster were flagship councils. We held them during the Blair honeymoon. We held them during austerity. We held them under Theresa May. Losing them should be a wake up call for the Conservative Party”