Prime Minister David Cameron has admitted he is “sorry” for Tory councillors as Labour has taken control of some crucial councils across the UK including Cardiff and Birmingham.
The BBC is projecting a 39 per cent vote share for Labour ahead of the Tories’ at 31 per cent and Lib Dems’ 16 per cent as counts continue following yesterday’s elections.
Labour’s Joe Anderson has also been named as Liverpool’s first directly-elected mayor. However London mayor Boris Johnson is expected to hold off the challenge of former mayor Ken Livingstone to be re-elected to the position, with results due in on Friday evening.
Prime Minister David Cameron said: “These are difficult times and there aren’t easy answers. What we have to do is take the difficult decisions to deal with the debt, deficit and broken economy that we’ve inherited and we will go on making those decisions and we’ve got to do the right thing for our country.”
Labour leader Ed Miliband said: “We are a party winning back people’s trust, regaining ground, but there is more work to do.”