Scottish Daily Mail

Lib Dems and Greens enjoy resurgence

- By Claire Ellicott Political Correspond­ent

THE Liberal Democrats and Greens put in a strong performanc­e last night as they picked up a string of Labour and Conservati­ve council seats.

The Lib Dems made gains across the country, including in at least one Brexit stronghold. This will be welcome news to leader Sir Ed Davey after the party’s poor performanc­e in the last general election, when then leader Jo Swinson lost her seat. The smaller parties were forecast to take more seats today.

The Lib Dems deprived the Tories of overall control of Cambridges­hire County Council, winning five seats. In Brexit-voting Sunderland, they took four from Labour, while in Sheffield they and the Greens helped deprive Labour of overall control.

In Stockport, the Lib Dems became the largest party, with a one-seat advantage over Labour. They will probably form a minority administra­tion.

The party also made gains in Hull and were also expecting to take seats in Liverpool from Labour, and in Kent and Lincolnshi­re from the Tories. Sir Ed said: ‘In great swathes of the country the Lib Dems are the only party who can beat the Conservati­ves.’

The Green Party has taken at least 56 seats from both Labour and the Tories. There were nine councils where Green candidates won seats for the first time, including Stockport, Northumber­land, Hastings, County Durham and Derbyshire.

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