Local Election LIVE: Results start to emerge as polling stations shut

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READY TO BATTLE: Conservatives and Labour now await their fate in the local elections

Polling stations have closed in 4,371 seats in the Tory leaders first major electoral test since losing her government majority.

Counting is underway across 150 local authorities in English towns and cities including London, Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds.

The first results have trickled through before a clearer picture emerges from around 2am onwards.


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The local elections will be a huge test for May following a tough year for the Conservatives which has been highlighted by the Windrush scandal.

Recent national opinion polls show Conservatives and Labour to be neck-and-neck on around 40% each.

But a survey last week for Queen Mary University gave Jeremy Corbyn's Labour party an overwhelming 51%-29% lead over the Tories in London.

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Daily Star Online earlier reported the councils to watch for possible Conservative gains include Portsmouth, Basildon, Thurrock, Peterborough and Colchester, all of which could see the party win overall control on a relatively small swing.

Meanwhile London is the major battleground after recent polls pointed towards a substantial swing to Labour, and Corbyn's party will also be hoping to win control of Tower Hamlets and Barnet and possibly even the flagship Conservative councils of Wandsworth and Westminster.

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