Local elections boost Tories' dominance
Published 07/05/2011 | 05:00
BRITAIN'S local elections proved to be a success story for David Cameron, with Tory support holding up well and the party gaining control of councils across the country.
In local authorities from Dartford to north Lincolnshire, the Tories were doing well against Labour in the first big test since last year's general election.
The party's showing was being dubbed the "unsung success story" and "remarkable" given the cuts being pushed through by the coalition government.
Extraordinarily the Tories last night were privately forecasting that their share of the vote is likely to be 38 per cent, ahead of Labour on 37 per cent. The Liberal Democrats were forecast to be down seven points on 17 per cent.
By late yesterday afternoon, with some counts still continuing, the Tories had won control of three extra councils, taking its total across England to 124. The party had added 49 council seats to its 5,509 total across the country.
Labour gained control of 24 councils, and added an extra 706 seats, far less than had been forecast, and the Lib Dems lost control of 10 councils and shed 675 seats.
Mr Cameron said: "The Conservative vote share has held up and I think that's because Conservative councils and councillors have done a good job up and down the country providing quality services but keeping their costs and their tax bills under control." (© Daily telegraph, London)