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Local elections: the key numbers crunched

While Labour did poorly, the Conservatives cannot rest easy

By Stephen Fisher  

Photo: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/PA Images

Local elections are supposed to be about deciding who controls councils, but the results this year reflect both the overall balance of support for the main parties in England and the increasing social and geographical divisions between them.

The 4407 seats up for election yesterday come from a mainly urban set of 150 (out of 326) councils in England. They were last fought in 2014, at the same time as the European Parliament elections. Back then Ed Miliband managed just a 2 point lead in…

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