Conservative and Labour suffer big losses in local elections

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Britain’s two biggest parties — Conservative and Labour — suffered big losses in Thursday’s local elections in England and Northern Ireland, according to partial results from the BBC.

A BBC tally showed on Friday morning, the Conservative party had lost 362 councillors, while the Labour Party had lost 77.

The biggest winners were the Liberal Democrats who had gained 249 councillors at the time of writing. Independent candidates gained 188 councillors and the Greens won 34 seats.

The votes could be an indicator of the countrywide disagreement over how Brexit has been handled by the Conservative government. Analysists predicted that anti-Brexit parties, like the Liberal Democrats, would pick up more seats.

More than 8,000 seats on English councils — the administrative body in charge of daily decisions on local policy — are available, while 462 are up for grabs in Northern Ireland.

No local elections are being held in Scotland and Wales.

Indications are that the Conservatives will lose more than 800 seats, the Liberal Democrats to gain more than 500, and Labour to pick up fewer than 300.

The full results will be available later on Friday.