The results have come in from across the UK after millions of voters turned out to vote in a critical series of local elections. We will keep you informed of the latest results as they become available
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Boris Johnson has been hit by a backlash from local Tory leaders after a string of disappointments at the election.
The results have come in from across the UK after millions of voters turned out to vote in a critical series of local elections.
The picture so far has been mixed, with early losses for the Tories, some modest gains for Labour, and strong performances by the Liberal Democrats and the Greens.
But Mr Johnson has been openly criticized by his own party for poor performances in Cumberland, London and Portsmouth.
In a major uproar, Labor took control of Wandsworth – once dubbed Margaret Thatcher’s favorite council – which has been Conservative since 1978.
A source told the Mirror: “Boris Johnson’s loss of Wandsworth is monumental. That was the crown jewel of the Tories.”
Labor are also pushing for victory in Tory strongholds of Westminster and Barnet in north London.
The Conservatives also lost Worcester to no overall control. Council leader Mark Bayliss, who left the count well before the result was announced, blamed Partygate for the poor Tory performance.
Labor fended off the Conservative threat in Sunderland and maintained its position in Hartlepool, which remained out of control despite the constituency’s surprise Tory by-election victory last year.
In better news for Keir Starmer, Labor took control of the newly created Cumberland, which includes three Tory Commons constituencies – Carlisle, Copeland and Workington
Carlisle City Council Tory leader John Mallinson blamed Boris Johnson for the poor result and suggested MPs should oust him.
He told the BBC: “I think it’s not just Partygate, there’s the integrity issue. Basically, I just feel like people don’t have the confidence anymore that the Prime Minister can be trusted to tell the truth.”
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In Portsmouth, where the Tories lost four seats, Conservative Group leader Simon Bosher said Mr Johnson should “take a good, strong look in the mirror”.
He blasted the Prime Minister, saying: “These are people who are actually bearing the brunt on the doorstep of the behavior of what is going on in Westminster”.
Pollster Professor Sir John Curtice said: “These results confirm that the Conservatives have suffered something of a rejection from the electorate.”
But he said Labor has not benefited as much as they would expect from Tory’s woes.
It’s been a good night so far for the Liberal Democrats and the Greens, both of whom have seen support pick up, albeit from a lower base.
The Lib Dems won Hull from Labor after a contest between the parties – and insiders were happy to unseat the Tory leader from Colchester.
There is still a long way to go before a true picture emerges and explanations are expected to arrive later in the day.
Results from Scotland and Wales are not expected to become clear until later today.
Meanwhile, the first MLAs in the Northern Ireland Assembly are due to be returned this afternoon but the final result is not expected before Saturday.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/local-elections-results-full-polls-26888057 Local Elections: Complete results of all elections in England, Scotland and Wales