Voters go to the polls in English local elections

The primary battleground is London- where Labour has been hoping to ride a wave of Remainer anger to seize Tory strongholds like Wandsworth Westminster and Barnet

Labour had targeted councils in London, that have traditionally been Conservative strong-holds, but they failed to cause an upset in Westminster and didn't manage to capture Barnet or Wandsworth, even though they had been favourites to take it from the Tories.

Iain Dale argued that the Conservatives have taken key marginal seats and argues that votes for Labour were in areas they were already in control of.

"We've achieved a lot but we've got a lot more to achieve and I will be working with Islington Labour to make the borough the best it possibly can be".

The Conservatives fought hard for this election, being the only party to put forward a candidate for every seat available.

When explaining the details of the victory parade, Mr Goldstein said: "He crept in and out of Barnet last week and we know that he was planning a big press conference in Barnet to celebrate the victory, which I am afraid the voters did not grant him".

However, in the north they lost overall control of Nuneaton and Bedworth, and Derby, while also losing some seats in strongholds like Wigan and Sheffield.

The Conservatives [1.89] remain narrow favourites to win most seats at the next general election, and Labour [2.2].

The Conservatives appeared to have benefited from the collapse of UKIP, which was instrumental in the Brexit vote but has since lost its way.

The Conservatives hold their seat. Mr Dwelly chose to leave the party after 30 years saying that it was no longer the party he joined and claiming he had been subjected to intimidation.

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

Polls close at 10pm and the first results could begin to arrive at around midnight and are expected to be in full flow by 2am.

But a number of disappointing results will give critics of the Labour leader fresh ammunition.

However, they lost the southwestern city of Plymouth to Labour and lost control of Trafford, its flagship council in northern England.

But it wasn't all good news for Labour.

The result a year ago was hailed as a success for Labour, particularly in St Austell and Newquay where candidate Kevin Neil was runner-up to Steve Double and forced former MP Stephen Gilbert into third place. He should apologise to Jewish communities.

Leader Sir Vince Cable said the results were "very positive" and demonstrated the Lib Dems were "very much on the way back".

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.

The results are likely to be welcomed by the Conservatives and Prime Minister Theresa May.