Labour takes a local election hammering in the UK
That doesn't look good for Gordon Brown.
With just over half of results from yesterday’s local elections announced, David Cameron’s Conservatives are on course for a significant breakthrough, winning as much as 44 per cent of the national vote.
Labour could finish with as little as 24 per cent, humiliatingly pushed into third place by the Liberal Democrats on 25 per cent.
The Tories are celebrating this morning after winning control of seven councils including Bury, a key northern target, and Southampton, a surprise southern gain.
Earlier this morning, Conservative Campaign HQ officially predicted the party is on course to beat its target of gaining 200 seats nationwide.
Labour by contrast has lost more than 90 council seats and control of two councils. Party officials say final Labour losses could reach 200 seats.
The Tory leader David Cameron is today set to claim the results are his party’s biggest electoral boost while in opposition, and could put the Tories on course for a general election victory.
A spokesman said: “Gordon Brown has had his Life on Mars moment. He went to sleep in 2008 and today he’s waking up with support back to the worst his party has seen since records began in 1973.”