The two parties in the ruling coalition,Conservative and Liberal Democrats,were on course to receive a drubbing in the local elections across Britain as Labour claimed it was on the road to 10 Downing Street at the next general election.
As Conservative leaders sought to explain away the poor results as “normal” for local elections,the ennui among voters about deep funding cuts,major job losses and continuing recession was palpable in the results.
The opposition Labour had already won power in 50 local councils,a gain of 22 councils,while the Conservative party had lost 11 councils and was left with a tally of 27. Labour 470 councillors while Conservative lost 279 councillors.
Results of 99 of the 181 that went to polls yesterday were declared by 9 am GMT.
According to BBC projections,the national share of the voting percentage based on the results in the local elections amounted to Labour 39 per cent,Conservative 31 per cent,and Liberal Democrats 16 per cent.
If the same voting percentage were translated in a general election,Labour would be home with a majority of 82,the projections said,as the Conservative party dismissed the results as “typical for mid-term”.
The last general election was held in 2010,when no party won a majority,and the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats formed the coalition David Cameron government.