Local elections 2017: What time are the results? Plus Manchester and West Midlands mayoral info

Laura Hughes
A voter places his voting card in the ballot box at a polling station in South London 

The Conservatives have so far secured major wins in the local elections after contests showed Labour suffering losses and the Ukip vote collapsing.

Voters went to the polls yesterday to vote on 4,851 council seats being contested in England, Scotland and Wales. Voters in various parts of the country also headed to the ballot box to choose six new metro mayors. 

Here's everything you need to know, including the times of the final counts and key councils to watch.

Ballot boxes are carried in Edinburgh  Credit: Danny Lawson/PA

What we know so far 

Theresa May's party has made significant gains in England, Wales and Scotland just weeks before the country goes to the polls to decide whether she or Jeremy Corbyn takes the keys to Number 10.

Ukip faces being totally wiped out after failing to hold onto a single seat, with the Tories winning control of five councils, including Lincolnshire. 

Labour has also lost Glasgow City Council for the first time in 40 years and has suffered bruising losses in Wales, including "embarrassingly" in the constituency of Welsh Labour leader Carwyn Jones.

The Liberal Democrats have seen mixed results, failing to breakthrough against the Tories in the south-west England battleground.

Declaration times for mayoral elections

2pm to 5pm: Flurry of results

Time to pay attention. The real national picture begins to emerge now as dozens of results flood in, especially from Scotland, and remaining Welsh councils tot up their votes.

The Glasgow City Council vote came earlier than expected with Labour losing overall control of the former stronghold as the Tories made gains.

Scotland was the scene of a spectacular collapse in Labour support at the 2015 general election with Ed Miliband's party losing 40 seats to the SNP. All 1,223 Scottish council seats are up for election this time around.

If this morning's Welsh results so far are anything to go by, a similar bloodbath looks likely, with the Tories expecting to gain ground. Dumfries and Galloway and Aberdeenshire could see Tory gains. Also of interest will be places like Inverclyde, Midlothian and East Lothian. 

Scotland 

  • Falkirk - result expected 3pm
  • Moray - result expected 4pm
  • East Renfrewshire - expected at 4pm
  • North Lanarkshire - result expected 4pm
  • South Lanarkshire - result expected 5pm
  • Highland - expected 4pm
  • Edinburgh - result expected 5pm

Local election: Council seats defended by each party

Over in England, there will be another swath of Conservative-held councils returning results - but has the Lib Dem fightback had any impact? 

The Tories are expected to comfortably keep hold of places like Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, East Sussex and Devon, but by how much will be key. 

Cambridgeshire will be interesting. Since the 2013 local elections, no party has overall control of the council, with the Conservative group running a minority administration. The Lib Dems could do well here. 

Cornwall has been led by a coalition of Liberal Democrats and Independents since 2013 - but can the Lib Dems take full control?

Meanwhile, if Labour loses control of its Midlands councils Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire it could spell doom for the party in these areas in the forthcoming general election.

England

  • Cornwall - result expected 3pm
  • Durham - expected 5pm
  • Northamptonshire - expected 5pm

3pm - 6pm: West Midlands and Greater Manchester mayoralties

Former Labour cabinet minister Andy Burnham won the mayoral race in Greater Manchester.

In the West Midlands, where two million people across Birmingham, Coventry, Sandwell, Dudley, Solihull, Walsall, and Wolverhampton will be eligible to cast a vote for the region's first directly-elected metropolitan mayor.

Former John Lewis boss Andy Street is running for the Conservatives while Sion Simon hopes to secure the role for Labour. This result is due at 6pm.

In Liverpool, Steve Rotheram was elected metro mayor with 59.3 per cent of the vote and he has vowed to work to "address the north-south divide".

He said: "This result means we can demonstrate what happens when Labour values are put into practice and this result means we can build a platform for our party in our area to go on to General Election success.

8pm: Doncaster

The final council to return their local ward councillor results will be Doncaster this evening.

The votes have already been counted in the Doncaster mayoral election. Labour mayor Ros Jones was re-elected after taking more than 50 per cent of the vote in the first round.

Profile | Who is Andy Street?

How can I follow the results?

The Telegraph's political team are covering all the results they come in and explaining what it all means. Click here to follow the action.

Voters queue to enter a polling station at Trinity Church in Golders Green  Credit: Matt Cardy/Getty Images 

Tell me more about the mayoral elections

Metro mayors are being elected in the six city regions that secured devolution deals- they will have new transport, housing and job creation powers.

The regions are Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley, West Midlands and West of England.

Candidates to watch include the former shadow home secretary and Labour MP Andy Burnham- who is running in Greater Manchester.

Andy Street, the former managing director of John Lewis, who is standing as the Conservative party candidate in the West Midlands. And Steve Rotherham, the Labour MP and former aide to Jeremy Corbyn, who is running in Liverpool.

When will the general election be held?

Theresa May said she will go to the country on June 8. The Prime Minister told the Queen in a phone conversation on Bank Holiday Monday.

Parliament is likely to be dissolved on May 3. which will allow for an election campaign lasting for just over a month.

Here's what the local election results mean for the General Election.

 

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