Labour Party routed in UK local polls
The Labour Party in Britain suffered its worst local election results in at least 40 years. The Labour Party won just 24 per cent of votes cast in the elections for 4,102 seats on 159 councils in England and Wales. The ruling party was trailing both Tories on 44 per cent and Liberal Democrats on 25 per cent.
The margin is very similar to the drubbing received by then Tory Prime Minister John Major in council elections in 1995, two years before he was ejected from Downing Street by the Labour Party led by Tony Blair.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who is under tremendous pressure from his MPs to change his style of leadership, has insisted that the Labour Party had listened and would now move forward.