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Liberal Democrat leader Cllr Tim Pickstone held on to his Holyrood seat, meaning that the ward continues to have three councillors from the party - however this was the Lib Dem's only win of the night. "It wasn't because they disagreed with our manifesto, but because they felt the Labour Party has failed to deal with anti-Semitism at a national level".

The party secured its victory after gaining four seats.

Outside London, the Conservatives regained control of councils in the pro-Brexit regions of Peterborough and Basildon, largely at the expense of the anti-EU UK Independence Party.

With results in early Friday from 99 of the 150 English councils that were holding elections, the Conservatives had a net loss of two seats, Labour had a net gain of 37 and the Liberal Democrats were up 40.

Here is a breakdown of the council's 33 seats.

At one point earlier it looked as though Labour had done significantly less well than expected and it would have been an enormous shock if the Conservatives had taken control, but it later evened out.

He added: "We were defending seats that were last won in 2014, which was a particularly good year for Labour in local government".

The Tories also lost Trafford, their flagship council in the North West, to no overall control, with Labour now the largest party.

"We were quietly confident we would win", she said.

Mr Corbyn has endured fierce criticism over the handling of anti-Semitism within his party.

Voters are going to the polls in local elections across England in Theresa May's biggest electoral test since she lost her government majority previous year.

Labour figures described their performance as "solid" and said the party had consolidated gains made in last year's general election.

"Well we could see what was happening with that, we know that they were bringing people in from all over the country - you know it's local politics, it's pretty sad isn't it?".

Streatham MP Chuka Umunna told Sky News that Labour should have been making "much more progress" given the Government's recent troubles - and called for a party inquiry into its performance.

Defeated Labour councilor Adam Langleben told the Guardian that Jews did not want to support the Labour Party even though they may have broadly agreed with its policies.

There was plenty to cheer for the Lib Dems, who gained Kingston, Richmond and South Cambridgeshire from the Tories amid signs of a Brexit backlash in some areas.

Conservative chairman Brandon Lewis said voters were being turned off by "hard abuse from some of the hard left, that anti-Semitism problem that Labour clearly have got and are just not dealing with".

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