Labour makes strong gains in English and Welsh local elections

  • Labour have made strong gains in English and Welsh local elections at the expense of the Conservative and Liberal Democratic parties.

    Shadow ministers now claim party leader Ed Miliband is on course to become the next prime minister.

    Opinion polls suggest Labour is set to add 700 more seats and has taken control of councils including Birmingham and Cardiff.

    Results so far project Labour to end with a 39 percent national share of the vote.

    The Tories’ share has dropped to 31 percent while the Lib Dems’ share of the vote is expected to remain unchanged at 16 percent.

    More than 4,700 seats have been contested across 128 English councils. 21 unitary authorities in Wales have elected new councillors along with 32 unitary authorities in Scotland, where results will be released later in the day.