Jun 6 2009
Labour left with NO county councils in England as Tories seize control of heartlands in local elections.
Labour slumped to a record low in yesterday’s local council elections as it was swept from power in its last four counties.
The party faced losing more than 300 seats as its projected share of the vote plummeted to 23 per cent, leaving it trailing in third place in the last big test of public opinion before a General Election.
Gordon Brown admitted the party had suffered a ‘painful defeat’.
The Tories won power at the new Central Bedfordshire Council and wrenched Somerset and Devon county councils from the Liberal Democrats in their West Country heartland.
By yesterday evening, the Tories had gained control of eight councils, Labour lost three and the LibDems lost two. It is the first time in history that Labour has not controlled a single county council.
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