The local election results summed up in 6 handy graphics

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All 88 councils in England, Wales and Scotland have declared their final results and at latest count the Conservatives have a net gain of 558 councillors, Labour are down 320 and the Lib Dems down 37.

"This Brexit negotiation is central to everything", May said after her meeting with Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday, marking the dissolution of Parliament and start of the election campaign.

They have repeatedly warned Britain that its decision to exit the European Union would have dire consequences and cost London dearly.

There are elections for 78 new councillors on Hertfordshire County Council.

May also said she was not taking anything for granted.

"We have got what we wanted, but unfortunately we have been in a sense the victims of our own success", UKIP deputy chairwoman Suzanne Evans told Sky News.

In Wales, Labour councillors admitted that they had been talking to voters about the Welsh Labour leader Carwyn Jones, not Jeremy Corbyn, in a "Carwyn not Corbyn" strategy. Party spokesman John McDonnell described the results as tough, but "it hasn't been the wipe-out that some people predicted or the polls predicted".

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UKIP lost all eight seats on the council.

The Liberal Democrats, who were hoping to win voters from other parties with their clear, anti-Brexit message, failed to make inroads in the face of the Conservative tide.

"We lost seats but we are closing the gap on the Conservatives", he said. Nationalist party Plaid Cymru gained 33 seats for a total of 202 with control of one council.

"We will have to wait and see what the final results are? and overall, of course, the turnout is much lower than you get in a general election", said United Kingdom defence secretary Michael Fallon, playing down the Conservative gains earlier today.

Former UKIP leadership contender Steven Woolfe said the partys influence was "at an end", while its former MP Douglas Carswell, who recently resigned from the party, said UKIP "was over".

The SNP candidate in Ochil and South Perthshire,
Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh, said: "The reality of results in England is that it shows Ukip have won control of this increasingly hard-right Tory government". They lost 41 seats. In Derbyshire, the Tories took 19 seats from Labour as the county passed directly from one party's hands to the other.

They won tightly-fought battles for elected mayors in the West Midlands and Tees Valley and forced Labour into third place in its former stronghold of Scotland.

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