SNP claims victory as Labour keeps key councils in UK elections

May 6, 2016 1:37 pm

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon (L) hails the May 5, 2016 election results as Labour maintains key seats. (AFP)

The Scottish National Party (SNP) claims “historic” victory as partial results from Britain’s regional and local elections show the opposition Labour Party maintains control of key councils despite its overall defeat.
The pro-independence SNP secured a third term in government with an overwhelming victory in parliamentary elections on Thursday.
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon hailed the results, saying, “What is now beyond doubt is that the SNP has won a third consecutive Scottish Parliament election. That has never been done before in the history of the Scottish Parliament.”
Just 20 months after losing an independence vote, the SNP now enjoys a huge surge in popularity.
Meanwhile, election results from England show Labour has lost control of 28 seats, but its share is up in key wards in southern England as the ruling Conservatives are losing in areas like Southampton and Norwich.
The Labour is at third place in Scotland where the party’s share is down 11 percent.
In Wales, Labour’s vote is down by eight points.
Opinion polls show the Labour’s candidate for London mayor, Sadiq Khan is poised to become the first Muslim to take the post.
Britons voted on Thursday to elect officials for over 2,700 seats in local councils.
People across the UK headed to the polls to vote in a number of elections for mayors, councilors, assembly members and police commissioners.
Polling stations opened at 7 a.m. BST across the country on what was called “Super Thursday.” Voters cast their ballots for Wales’ National Assembly, the Scottish Parliament, Northern Ireland Assembly and 124 councils in England.
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