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Friday, 6 May 2016

Corbyn's Vow To Scotland After Labour Thrashed

Labour is pushed into third by the Tories in Scotland, but there are positive results elsewhere - and it is a good night for UKIP.
Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to "re-establish" Labour in Scotland after the party recorded its worst result there since 1910.
The party won just 24 Holyrood seats and were overtaken by the Conservatives, who became the official opposition with a record 31 seats - a result described by David Cameron as "absolutely stunning".
The SNP tallied 63 seats but failed to retain an overall majority, meaning the party will have to proceed as a minority government or form an alliance.
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale admitted it was a "very disappointing night" but told Sky News she would not resign, while SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon labelled Labour's collapse in support, particularly in its Glasgow heartland, as "quite staggering".
There was better news for Mr Corbyn in England, where Labour has so far retained key councils and lost control of only one - Dudley.
"All across England last night were predictions that Labour were going to lose councils - we didn't, we hung on," said the Labour leader.
"There is a lot of building to do in Scotland to build that support again. We're going to walk hand in hand with the party in Scotland to build that support again and re-establish Labour traditions."
Latest results show Labour has lost 28 council seats in England, the Tories have gained five, the Liberal Democrats are up 16, while UKIP has seen the biggest gain with 24 seats.
UKIP has also taken its first seats in the Welsh Assembly - and while Labour remains the largest party it failed to retain an overall majority.
A shock loss of Rhondda to Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood left the party with 29 seats, with Plaid Cymru on 12, the Conservatives 11, UKIP seven and the Lib Dems one.
While the Labour losses in England and Wales have not been as great as some predicted, Jo Cox MP, who nominated Mr Corbyn for leader, told Sky News the "clock was ticking" on his leadership.
In London, Labour are favourites to take back the office of mayor after eight years of Conservative rule, although the result will not be known until Friday evening.
The party can also take comfort from two parliamentary by-election wins - albeit in the safe seats of Sheffield Brightside and Ogmore in South Wales.
A two-day count has begun to decide the make-up of the Stormont Assembly in Northern Ireland, with results expected until Saturday.

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