Theresa May UK PM's party secures big gains in local polls

The Conservatives won 1,900 seats, up 558; Labour won 1,151, down 320; and the pro-EU Liberal Democrats won 441, down 37.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservatives secured big wins Friday in local elections, a month ahead of a Brexit-dominated snap general election.

Final results showed the centre-right party gaining ground across the country, with the main opposition Labour party taking a hammering and Brexit cheerleaders UKIP all but wiped out as the Conservatives gobbled up their vote.

With the results in from all 88 local authorities being contested, the Conservatives won 1,900 seats, up 558; Labour won 1,151, down 320; and the pro-EU Liberal Democrats won 441, down 37.

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