Here is Business Leader Magazine’s update from Westminster – your views and opinions are always welcome…
Tory elected West of England Metro Mayor
Conservative Tim Bowles has narrowly beaten Labour counterpart Lesley Mansell to be elected as the inaugural West of England combined authority mayor.
Bowles secured a total of 70,300 against Mansell’s 65,923 and he will now cover the Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Bath and North East Somerset council areas
UKIP suffers big losses across England and Wales for local elections
After the results from 23 local authorities were released, UKIP have lost 41 councillors and made no has made no gains.
Former leadership contender Lisa Duffy has described the situation as ‘disappointing’ but would ‘not call it a disaster.’
Conservatives make elections gains at expense of UKIP
Tory Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has said his party have appeared to have taken advantage of UKIPs local seat losses.
However, he was cautious to admit that this did not necessarily mean that this would also be the case for the June 8 General Election.
Labour losses and limited Tory gains in Wales council elections
According to results from the local council elections, it appears that Labour has suffered many losses – mostly to independents and a few to the conservatives.
Tory gains have been minimal in comparison to their success across the border in England. The Lib Dems haven’t made any gains and UKIP have failed to win any seats.
Shadow Chancellor attacks media over Labour losses
Labour MP John McDonnel has blamed the UK media for years of ‘unbalanced’ reporting of Jeremy Corbyn – which lead the string of losses on the local council elections.
However, he did admit that the party had performed better than expected and praised Corbyn as a vote-winning asset.
Northumberland result decided by drawing straws
The Conservatives have been denied control of the Northumberland council by just a single seat – after losing a drawing of straws. Having won 33 of the 67 seats, the last seat was won by Lib Dem Lesley.
If a deadlock is not broken, then a result can be decided by chance – a coin toss, drawing of straws or names being drawn from a hat.