Theresa May avoided a wipeout in London local elections

Vastavam web: Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party avoided a wipeout in London local elections and eked out gains in Brexit-supporting regions elsewhere, early results on Friday showed, although her Labour opponents did gain ground in the capital.The elections are viewed as a gauge of public support for May as she faces a possible revolt in parliament over her strategy for leaving the European Union.

Partial results showed May was likely to avoid the kind of widespread losses that would dramatically weaken her authority over Conservative lawmakers ahead of key tests of her plans to pull out of the EU customs union.They do not affect seats in parliament, where May has only a slim working majority thanks to a deal with a smaller party.

The Conservatives looked set to hold on to the symbolic council of Westminster in the heart of London’s political district, indicating that the scale of losses in the capital would come in at the lower end of the predicted range.Results elsewhere in London’s 32 boroughs had yet to be fully declared but some initial counts showed the forecast swing to Labour in the capital was materialising, although not strongly enough to inflict the heavy losses that would pose a serious headache for May.