Local election results LIVE — Council winners emerge as Tories retain Tees Valley & key mayoral result expected

Labour gains Rushmoor

Rushmoor council will for the first time in its history be controlled by a Labour majority,

A spokesperson for the party said: “Rushmoor — the home of the British Army — has never had a majority Labour council before, and has been run by the Tories for the last 24 years.”

Labour wins Blackpool South by-election

Labour has won the Blackpool South by-election following the resignation of Conservative MP Scott Benton.

Sir Keir Starmer, the Labour leader, said: “This seismic win in Blackpool South is the most important result today. This is the one contest where voters had the chance to send a message to Rishi Sunak’s Conservatives directly, and that message is an overwhelming vote for change.

“The swing towards the Labour Party in Blackpool South is truly historic and shows that we are firmly back in the service of working people.

“Our new Labour MP Chris Webb has shown that after years of neglect with the Tories, there is a better alternative. The message to Rishi Sunak is clear. It’s time for change, it’s time for a general election.”

Labour holds Bury council

Bury, Greater Manchester, has been held by the Labour party.

Labour managed to win 31 seats, whilst the Conservatives trailed with 11.

Labour insider blames HAMAS for possible local elections upset

Labour chiefs were furious after one of their own suggested the Tories would hold onto the West Midlands mayoralty because Muslim voters treat the region like Gaza.

A Labour source said: “It’s the Middle East, not West Midlands that will have won the Mayoralty.

“Once again Hamas are the real villains.”

Labour holds more councils

Labour has held Trafford council in Greater Manchester as well as Rotherham council.

Elsewhere, the Liberal Democrats have kept control of Cheltenham in Gloucestershire.

Labour holds Bradford and Crawley

Labour has held onto Bradford Council in West Yorkshire as well as Crawley.

The party won five more council seats in Crawley in comparison to last year.