UK election results – live: Sinn Fein ‘likely to win most votes in Northern Ireland’

Tories lose Wandsworth as Boris Johnson faces backlash from own councillors

Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein is predicted to become the largest party in the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Sinn Fein has reportedly overtaken the Democratic Unionist party (DUP), and is said to be on track to see its deputy leader Michelle O’Neill become first minister – according to polling expert Sir John Curtice.

Labor has opened up the biggest lead over the Tories in any local elections since 2012, he also said. Prof Curtice calculated that – if the whole country had been voting in the elections yesterday – Labor would have gained 35 per cent of the vote.

This scenario would put Labor five points ahead of the Conservatives, which would be on 30 per cent.

In an analysis for the BBC based on voting in more than 700 key wards, Prof Curtice – of the University of Strathclyde – said the Liberal Democrats would have gained 19 per cent, with other parties on 16 per cent.

Labour’s result under the leadership of Sir Keir Starmer matches what it achieved in the 2018 local elections under Jeremy Corbyn, he added.

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Starmer ‘confident no rules were broken’ amid ‘Beergate’ claims

Sir Keir Starmer has stressed that he is “confident no rules were broken” after it was announced he is to be investigated by police amid allegations that he broke lockdown rules last year.

The Labor leader told reporters: “Obviously I understand the police need to do their job, we need to let them get on with that but I’m confident there was no breach of the rules.”

The photo of the Labor leader that sparked accusations that he broke Covid rules

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It comes after Durham Constabulary announced it was investigating the claims following receipt of “significant new information”, having previously said they did not believe an offense had been committed.

Sir Keir – who had been photographed holding a beer during the Hartlepool by-election campaign in April 2021 – has repeatedly called for Boris Johnson to resign over rule-breaking parties in Downing Street during the Covid pandemic.

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Key results so far during the local elections vote count

Voters went to the polls yesterday in 200 local authorities across Britain. Around a third of the councils declared results overnight, with the rest – including all authorities in Scotland and Wales – expected later today.

Here are some of the key results so far:

Labor gains

Barnet, Bridgend, Crawley, Cumberland, Kirklees, Rossendale, Southampton, Wandsworth, West Dunbartonshire, Westminster, and Worthing

Conservative gains

conservative losses

Castle Point, Gosport, Huntingdonshire, Maidstone, West Oxfordshire, Wokingham, and Worcester

Liberal Democrat gains

Kingston-upon-Hull, Somerset, Westmorland and Furness, and Woking

SNP gains

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SNP just about pips Labor to the post in Glasgow election

The SNP has been declared the largest party in the Glasgow City Council elections, with 37 seats to Labour’s 36.

Footage shared online shows Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon being applauded and greeted as she enters a vote counting venue in Glasgow, after the SNP’s win was announced.

Ms Sturgeon hailed a “seismic” result for the SNP in the city.

She tweeted: “National/city trends aside, this result is seismic. For years, Pollokshields was the only Tory seat in Glasgow and it seemed we would never take it.”

Pollokshields is the area of ​​Glasgow where – almost exactly a year ago – hundreds of campaigners successfully blocked immigration officers from detaining asylum seekers in a van in a day-long standoff on the Muslim holy day of Eid-al-Fitr.

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Sinn Fein ‘could become largest party in Stormont’

Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein is predicted to become the largest party in the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Sinn Fein has reportedly overtaken the Democratic Unionist party (DUP), and is said to be on track to see its deputy leader Michelle O’Neill become first minister – according to polling expert Sir John Curtice.

Sinn Fein deputy leader Michelle O’Neill (centre)

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Labor has opened up the biggest lead over the Tories in any local elections since 2012, he also said. Prof Curtice calculated that – if the whole country had been voting in the elections yesterday – Labor would have gained 35 per cent of the vote.

This scenario would put Labor five points ahead of the Conservatives, which would be on 30 per cent.

In an analysis for the BBC based on voting in more than 700 key wards, Prof Curtice – of the University of Strathclyde – said the Liberal Democrats would have gained 19 per cent, with other parties on 16 per cent.

Labour’s result under the leadership of Sir Keir Starmer matches what it achieved in the 2018 local elections under Jeremy Corbyn, he added.

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Tories seize control of Harrow council in north London

The Conservatives have captured the London borough of Harrow from Labour.

The party now has 31 seats with Labor on 24.

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Lib Dems win new unitary council Westmorland and Furness

The Liberal Democrats have gained control of the new Westmorland and Furness unitary authority in the Lake District.

With 62 of the 65 results declared, the Lib Dems have won 36, Labor 14, the Conservatives 10 and Independents two.

Tim Farron, former Lib Dem leader, is the MP for Westmoreland and Lonsdale.

He said: “Winning here – against all the odds! The Tories designed Westmorland and Furness Council to stop the Lib Dems winning, but we’ve won it well!

“Thank you to everyone who voted. Our job is now to provide our community right for backing us.”

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Labor has ‘biggest local election lead over Tories in 10 years’

Labor has opened up the biggest lead over the Tories in any local elections for a decade, according to analysis.

Leading polling expert Professor Sir John Curtice has calculated that – if the whole country had been voting in the elections yesterday – Labor would have gained 35 per cent of the vote.

This scenario would put Labor five points ahead of the Conservatives, that would be on 30 per cent.

Boris Johnson painting a portrait of the Queen at a school in his constitution

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In an analysis for the BBC based on voting in more than 700 key wards, Sir John – of Strathclyde University – said the Liberal Democrats would have gained 19 per cent, with other parties on 16 per cent.

Labour’s result matches what it achieved in the 2018 local elections under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn.

Sir John said Labour’s projected five-point advantage over the Conservatives is the largest in any local elections since 2012, when David Cameron was in Downing Street and Ed Miliband was Labor leader.

In contrast, he said the Conservative vote share was down five points on 2018 and six points on last year.

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Lib Dems expect to win ‘Blue Wall’ seats in general election

The Liberal Democrats will seize “Blue Wall” constituencies from Tory MPs, party leader Sir Ed Davey said as he declared the party was “winning across the country again”.

The Kingston and Surbiton MP hailed Lib Dem gains in council seats and claimed Conservatives were being dragged down by “discredited” Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey in Wimbledon Common

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Speaking in front of party activists on Wimbledon Common, Sir Ed said: “We are going to have a Liberal Democrat MP for Wimbledon at the next election.

“And I think there are other places where we’re going to see Liberal Democrat success for the first time ever.

“I’m really excited about the South West of England and coming back there. I’m excited about all those seats across the Blue Wall which, frankly, we haven’t been players in for a long time.”

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Labor is ‘back on its feet’ – Emily Thornberry says

Results showing Labour’s local election wins prove that the party is “back on its feet”, an MP said.

Shadow attorney general Emily Thornberry told Sky News that the local election results were at the “top end” of what the party had expected.

Labor’s Shadow Attorney General Emily Thornberry

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She said: “I’m not saying that we haven’t got a huge amount of work to do.

“But I think that if you think about the morning after, or the week after, 2019, how bad it was, people were saying to us that it was pretty much the end of the Labor Party, we weren’t ever going to get back on our feet again.

“This shows that we have got back on our feet again.

“Of the presentations that we’ve had, and the discussions that we’ve had in the shadow cabinet, this is definitely at the top end of what we were hoping was going to happen.”

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Liberal Democrats win control Somerset’s new unitary council

The Liberal Democrats have gained control of the new Somerset unitary council.

With 94 results declared, the party has won 56 seats on the 110-member authority.

The Conservatives have 29, Labor and Green Party four each, and one Independent.

But 16 seats have yet to be declared at the time of publication.

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