Local elections 2017: Conservatives win West of England mayoral election

 
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Conservative candidate Tim Bowles has been elected as the West of England metro mayor, as the first results from the local elections show the Tories gaining ground.

Bowles beat Labour candidate Lesley Mansell in the count of second preference votes. He will now represent authorities in Bath, Bristol, North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

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The vote had a 29.7 per cent turnout.

Results from yesterday's local elections will be coming in throughout the day. The results so far show the Conservatives have made a net gain of 152 seats, according to Sky News.

Labour has made a net loss of 102 seats. The Lib Dems have also made a net loss, down by a net 27 seats.

Ukip's local government spokesperson has been forced to declare the party is still "leading the national agenda", as it has failed to win any seats so far, and has made a net loss of 44 seats.

Labour shadow chancellor has said to Sky News that the results have not been "the total wipeout some were predicting".

Highlights from the results so far:

  • Conservatives have taken full control of Warwickshire, with 36 seats to Labour's 10
  • Labour holds Cardiff council, winning 38 of the 75 seats
  • Labour holds Swansea and Torfaen
  • ​Labour's Ros Jones is staying a Doncaster's mayor
  • Conservatives take control of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight
  • No party has taken overall control of Vale of Glamorgan
  • ​Conservatives have increased their majority in Essex: