Lib Dems main losers in elections
Liberal Democrats across the United Kingdom appear to have been the major losers in yesterday’s local elections.
Although many council seats have still to be announced the minor party in the ruling coalition has lost around 200 seats and control of at least three councils including Sheffield the home of their leader Nick Clegg.
Whilst voters have punished the Lib Dems the main partner in the ruling coalition, the Conservatives, have made a few losses but have managed to pick up two councils in the south west.
The main opposition party, Labour have done well in the north of England to the detriment of the Lib Dems as well as picking up seats in the Welsh Assembly.
The Scottish Nationalist Party has done well in the Scottish Parliament and may be back in control.
Many councils do not count until today so the full story will not be known until later today. We are also awaiting results of a parliamentary by-election in the Labour midlands stronghold of Leicester South caused by the resignation of the sitting MP, Sir Peter Soulsby. The count for the referendum on the voting system won’t take place until later today.