Local election 2021 RESULTS LIVE – Starmer starts his Labour reshuffle as Dodds and Brown demoted

SIR Keir Starmer has kicked off his Labour Party reshuffle, demoting the shadow chancellor Annelise Dodds.

The Chief Whip, Nick Brown, has also been removed from the post.

Lisa Nandy is expected to stay in her position as Labour's shadow foreign secretary, according to the BBC.

Angela Rayner, the party’s deputy leader, will now also become the shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.

Read our Local Elections 2021 live blog below for up to the minute updates…

  • Jon Rogers

    MORE ON LABOUR'S RESHUFFLE

    Sir Kier Starmer launched his reshuffle in the wake of Labour's poor performance in England's local elections.

    Chief whip Nick Brown has been dumped and will be replaced by Alan Campbell.

    A spokesman for Mr Brown said: "Nick thinks it's a reasonable time for Nick to move on. He and Keir have parted on good terms, with mutual respect.

    "He wishes Keir and the new chief whip ever success."

  • Jon Rogers

    STARMER KICKS OFF LABOUR'S RESHUFFLE

    Labour leader Sir Kier Starmer has started his party reshuffle, the shadow chancellor, Annelise Dodds, is being demoted to become chair of the Labour Party.

    Angela Rayner, the party’s deputy leader, will now also be the shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.

    Rachel Reeves has been appointed as shadow chancellor, replacing Anneliese Dodds.

    Lucy Powell has been promoted to the shadow cabinet to oversee housing.

  • Jon Rogers

    TORIES GAIN SHERWOOD FOREST

    Sherwood Forest (Nottinghamshire) council result:

    Con: 54.5% (+11.5)

    Lab: 39.9% (-13.6)

    Grn: 4.3% (+4.3)

    Oth: 1.3% (+1.3)

    Conservatives gain from Labour

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    BRABIN: 'POLITICS BETTER WITH WOMEN AT TOP TABLE'

    Labour’s Tracy Brabin, a former Coronation Street actress, said in her victory speech she was "proud" to be West Yorkshire’s first mayor.

    “Growing up on free school meals, in a Birstall council flat, inspired by the Batley Variety Club to pursue life as an actor, I never imagined I would be elected as a Member of Parliament in my home town, let alone be asked to serve as the first ever metro mayor of West Yorkshire,” Ms Brabin said.

    “Our politics are better when women are at the top table.”

  • Jon Rogers

    LOCAL ELECTIONS 2021 – THE WINNERS AND LOSERS (PART 5)

    ENGLAND LOCAL COUNCILS

    Losers

    In stark contrast to the party's performance in the mayoral elections and in Wales, Labour's losses at the local council elections in England have thrown the party into turmoil.

    Leader Sir Keir Starmer sacked Angela Rayner from her role as party chair after announcing he was "bitterly disappointed" with the results, and he will be reshuffling his shadow cabinet team on Sunday.

    Ms Rayner's sacking sparked criticism from Labour's left, including former shadow chancellor John McDonnell, while previous leader Mr Corbyn suggested Sir Keir's Labour Party was "offering nothing" to voters.

    The party's losses included Southampton City Council.

    WINNERS

    In an unprecedented move for a party in power for more than a decade, the Tories had 12 net council gains in England and more than 280 seats.

    Many of the party's wins in England were snatched from Labour – which made a net loss of six councils and more than 220 seats – including Amber Valley, Harlow and Southampton.

    The Conservatives also took control of some councils such as Cannock Chase for the first time.

    Labour did make some gains – including Geoff Saul narrowly winning a county council seat from the Conservatives in Chipping Norton, in the affluent Cotswold area where former prime minister David Cameron lives.

    The Liberal Democrats also gained one seat compared with the last elections after taking control of St Albans, with party leader Sir Ed Davey set to make an appearance in the Hertfordshire town to celebrate.

  • Jon Rogers

    LOCAL ELECTIONS 2021 – THE WINNERS AND LOSERS (PART 4)

    WALES

    Winners

    Labour have come out top in the Senedd by winning 30 seats – just one short of a majority – equalling its best ever election result.

    Welsh Labour put the "extraordinary set of results" down to the cautious approach during the coronavirus pandemic taken by First Minister Mark Drakeford, who has since called on Boris Johnson to "reset relationships" with the devolved nations.

    Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn also heralded Mr Drakeford's re-election as "showing socialist values win in Wales" in a tweet.

    Losers

    High-profile former Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood lost her Rhondda seat to Labour's Buffy Williams – though the party now has 13 seats in the Welsh Parliament.

    On her Facebook page, Ms Wood said the result was "disappointing" but that her team could "hold our heads high in the knowledge that we ran a clean and honest campaign, we did not denigrate our opponents and we worked hard".

  • Jon Rogers

    LOCAL ELECTIONS 2021 – THE WINNERS AND LOSERS (PART 3)

    Scottish Parliament

    Winners

    The SNP claimed victory over the Tories in the Holyrood elections, and Nicola Sturgeon hailed their triumph as signalling the country's demand for a second independence vote.

    At 64 seats, the SNP was one shy of a majority, but placed them well ahead of the Tories who gained 31 seats and Labour who won 22.

    New Glasgow Kelvin constituency MSP Kaukab Stewart also made Holyrood history as the first woman of colour to be elected to the Scottish Parliament – something she described as "an honour".

    Losers

    Alex Salmond failed this time round in his bid to return as an MSP for the recently formed Alba Party, which won just 8,269 votes.

     

  • Jon Rogers

    LOCAL ELECTIONS 2021 – THE WINNERS AND LOSERS (PART 2)

    MAYORS

    Winners

    Labour has dominated the mayoral elections, so far claiming 11 of the 13 posts being contested in cities and metropolitan regions across England versus two seats for the Tories.

    Closely-fought contests in London and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough saw the polls go to second preferences, before Sadiq Khan triumphed over Conservative Shaun Bailey in London and Dr Nik Johnson beat Tory James Palmer with just 51.3% of the vote against Mr Palmer's 48.7%.

    Labour incumbents Andy Burnham, Steve Rotheram, Marvin Rees, Norma Redfearn, Paul Dennett and Ros Jones retained their respective roles in Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, Bristol, North Tyneside, Salford and Doncaster.

    Soap actress-turned-Labour MP Tracy Brabin also became the first Metro Mayor for West Yorkshire on her 60th birthday – a role she said she was "proud" and "humbled" to have secured.

    Tories Andy Street and Ben Houchen also won landslide victories to retain their roles as West Midlands and Tees Valley mayors.

    Losers

    The battle to become London Mayor was much more closely fought than opinion polls suggested, and second-place Shaun Bailey said the contest showed that although journalists had him "written off", he had gained considerable support from Londoners.

    Incumbent James Palmer narrowly lost Cambridgeshire and Peterborough after gaining the most first preference votes – but not enough to secure his position before second preferences swung the vote in favour of Labour.

  • Jon Rogers

    LOCAL ELECTIONS 2021 – THE WINNERS AND LOSERS (PART 1)

    The SNP stormed ahead in the Scottish Parliament election, sparking demands for a second independence referendum and creating a constitutional clash with the Prime Minister.

    While though they were the single largest party they were unable to secure a majority in Holyrood.

    Meanwhile, Labour has suffered local and by-election defeats described by one shadow minister as "shattering", while coming out top in the Welsh Senedd and so far winning 10 of the 13 mayoral positions in England.

  • Jon Rogers

    NO OVERALL CONTROL IN OXFORDSHIRE

    Oxfordshire County Council has remained in no overall control.

    Labour has also confirmed it is mounting a legal challenge after unexpectedly losing a seat in Banbury to the Conservatives.

    Here are the final results, compared to the 2017 election.

    Conservatives: 22 (-9)

    Lib Dems: 21 (+8)

    Labour: 15 (+1)

    Green: 3 (+3)

    Independent: 1 (-3)

    Henley Residents Group: 1

  • Jon Rogers

    LABOUR AND GREENS TIE IN BRISTOL

    The Greens and Labour have equal number of seats in the new Bristol Council.

    The tie means no one party will have no overall control.

    Here's how the seats are divided:

    • Labour – 24
    • Green – 24
    • Conservative – 14
    • LibDems – 8

    LABOUR MP WINS WEST YORKSHIRE MAYORAL RACE

    Labour MP Tracy Brabin has won the race to become the West Yorkshire mayor.

    Ms Brabin won against her Conservative rival Matt Robinson after second preference ballots were counted, by 310,923 votes to 209,137.

    The win means a by-election will be triggered in Batley and Spen which could prove to be problematic for Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer.

    PM FACES RENEWED STRUGGLE WITH STURGEON AS SHE TELLS HIM INDYREF2 A DEAD CERT

    Nicola Sturgeon has refused to back down on a second independence referendum, telling Boris Johnson that results in Scotland meant it was guaranteed to happen.

    In a phone call with the Prime Minister, Scotland's First Minister said it was a "matter of when – not if" another vote to split the Union would take place following the election of a pro-independence majority in Holyrood.

    Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove had used his Sunday broadcast interviews to signal that the UK Government was not prepared to sanction a follow-up to 2014's referendum after the SNP failed to secure a majority at the Scottish parliament elections.

    Mr Gove said the result, in which Ms Sturgeon secured a fourth term in power for the SNP but fell one vote short of gaining a 65-seat majority in the Edinburgh parliament, indicated that it was "not the case that the people of Scotland are agitating for a referendum".

    STURGEON TELLS THE PM IT IS 'WHEN NOT IF' FOR A SECOND INDEPENDENCE VOTE

    Nicola Sturgeon has told the Prime Minister that a second vote on Scottish independence should be a "matter of when – not if".

    The SNP leader, who has just led her party to a fourth successive Holyrood election victory, made her position clear in telephone call with Boris Johnson.

    It comes after Scotland returned a majority of MSPs supporting independence to Holyrood, with 64 SNP representatives and eight from the Scottish Greens.

    However, Ms Sturgeon and the SNP failed to win an overall majority in the Parliament – with a key ally of Boris Johnson arguing that this showed Scots were not "agitating" for a referendum.

    Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove noted that the current SNP leader "didn't secure a majority as Alex Salmond did in 2011", and insisted this was "a significant difference".

    LABOUR MUST BECOME CREDIBLE ALTERNATIVE TO STURGEON'S SNP, ANAS SARWAR SAYS

    Labour's Anas Sarwar wants to make his party they "credible alternative to the SNP", as he insisted he would work with anyone at Holyrood or beyond to help secure Scotland's coronavirus recovery.

    As MSPs prepare to get back to work in the Scottish Parliament after Thursday's election, Mr Sarwar said they must "urgently" focus on recovery – and not on a second independence referendum.

    That is on the agenda after Scots returned a majority of MSPs who support independence, with 64 SNP MSPs elected, alongside eight Scottish Greens.

    But Mr Sarwar said it was time to "stop the brinkmanship, the arguments and the divides about the constitution".

    He hit out as the Scottish Tories, led by Douglas Ross, who during the election campaign had focused on preventing a second independence referendum.

    Mr Sarwar told the Conservatives: "Your campaign actually pushed people into the hands of the SNP.

    "Your direct choice to make this election campaign a straight dividing line between Yes and No didn't help to reunite our country, it has only helped to further divide it."

    • Jon Rogers

      GREENS GAIN WINDMILL HILL FROM LABOUR

      Greens: 49.0% (+17.4)

      Labour: 37.1% (+0.6)

      Conservative: 6.4% (-0.1)

      Lib Dem: 5.8% (-14.7)

      Other: 1.7% (-3.2)

    • Debbie White

      STARMER TO HAVE LABOUR RESHUFFLE AFTER RAYNER SACKING

      Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer will carry out a reshuffle of his shadow cabinet team on Sunday, the Press Association reports.

      The reboot is happening amid the huge public fallout over the party's dismal election performance.

      Sir Keir has come under fire after sacking his deputy Angela Rayner from her role as party chairman and national campaign co-ordinator on Saturday.

      Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham warned him that it was "wrong".

      But the Opposition leader will look to reshape his top team further across the weekend as he looks to reverse the party's downward spiral in England.

    • Debbie White

      SCOTLAND SPLIT FROM UK 'IRRESPONSIBLE' – PM

      Boris Johnson, who has insisted he would not support an "irresponsible" second independence referendum, reacted to the SNP's gains by inviting Nicola Sturgeon for crisis talks on the Union.

      Cabinet ministers Michael Gove and George Eustice have also hit out at Ms Sturgeon's proposal.

      Mr Gove told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show "a majority of people who voted in the constituencies voted for parties that were opposed to a referendum" and Ms Sturgeon "didn't secure a majority as Alex Salmond did in 2011''.

      Mr Salmond failed this time round in his bid to return as an MSP for the recently formed Alba Party, which won just 8,269 votes.

      Speaking after the SNP's return to power, Ms Sturgeon said: "It is the will of the country. Given that outcome, there is simply no democratic justification whatsoever for Boris Johnson or anyone else seeking to block the right of the people of Scotland to choose our future."

    • Debbie White

      WINNERS AND LOSERS IN THE ENGLISH, SCOTTISH AND WELSH ELECTIONS

      The SNP has stormed ahead in the Scottish Parliament election, sparking demands for a second independence referendum and creating a constitutional clash with the Prime Minister.

      Meanwhile, Labour has suffered local and by-election defeats described by one shadow minister as "shattering", while coming out top in the Welsh Senedd and so far winning 10 of the 13 mayoral positions in England.

      Labour has dominated the mayoral elections, so far claiming 10 of the 13 posts being contested in cities and metropolitan regions across England versus two seats for the Tories.

      Closely-fought contests in London and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough saw the polls go to second preferences, before Sadiq Khan triumphed over Conservative Shaun Bailey in London and Dr Nik Johnson beat Tory James Palmer with just 51.3% of the vote against Mr Palmer's 48.7%.

      Labour incumbents Andy Burnham, Steve Rotheram, Marvin Rees, Norma Redfearn, Paul Dennett and Ros Jones retained their respective roles in Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, Bristol, North Tyneside, Salford and Doncaster. Tories Andy Street and Ben Houchen also won landslide victories to retain their roles as West Midlands and Tees Valley mayors.

    • Debbie White

      SACKING OF ANGELA RAYNER SLAMMED BY DIANE ABBOTT

      The Labour Party was today split over its future strategy and embroiled in political infighting after suffering huge losses in the local polls.

      Keir Starmer, Labour's leader since 2020, sacked the chair of the party Angela Rayner on Saturday night after saying he was "bitterly disappointed" by the results.

      Starmer is set to launch a reshuffle of his shadow cabinet, while speculation mounted over his own future as leader.

      Supporters of previous leader Jeremy Corbyn led criticism of Starmer, with Corbyn's close ally, Labour MP Diane Abbott, telling Sky News it was "in many ways a disappointing result".

      "I think sacking Angela Rayner was not a forward-thinking thing to do," she added.

    • Debbie White

      BORIS 'WOULD SECURE 36-SEAT MAJORITY IF ELECTION HELD TOMORROW'

      If there was a general election held tomorrow, the Tories would win a "comfortable majority in the House of Commons of 36 seats" says Martin Baxter, founder of Electoral Calculus.

      Labour's disastrous results in the local council elections were down to dissatisfaction with the party, Baxter explained.

      He writes in the Sunday Telegraph: "Boris Johnson is still able to reach more voters than other politicians."

      He added: "Local elections are a good opportunity for protest votes against the government of the day, and can provide a springboard of activist enthusiasm and favourable media chatter.

      "None of that will now happen for Labour."

    • Debbie White

      SOCIAL CARE REFORMS ON THE WAY

      A social care reform plan will be "heading for the statute books" by the end of the year, a senior Government minister has promised.

      Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove's prediction of having the reforms passing through Parliament within the next seven months is a possible signal the proposals could end up making it into the Queen's Speech announcement on Tuesday.

      Mr Gove, asked whether the social care overhaul would form part of the Queen's Speech, told Times Radio: "We're working to make sure that we have an effective social care plan at the moment. That work is going on.

      "So, by the end of the year you will have a specific social care plan that is heading for the statute books at the very least.

      "We want to make sure that we can get cross-party support for it. That is critical."

    • Debbie White

      WELSH LABOUR WOULD WELCOME PM'S UNION SUMMIT

      Welsh Labour would welcome a Union summit called by Boris Johnson if it turns out to be "real", a minister has said.

      The PM has today invited Mark Drakeford, the leader of Welsh Labour, and Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the SNP, to the joint meeting following their wins in the Welsh and Scottish parliaments.

      Welsh Labour housing minister Julie James told BBC Politics Wales: "I hope very much that it's real. We would welcome it if it was.

      "We've been calling for many, many years for a proper constitutional summit, where we talk properly about the role of devolution across the UK, in a United Kingdom".

      Ms James added that where devolution exists, there is a "clear appetite for it".

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      NICOLA STURGEON: 'DON'T FIGHT THE SCOTTISH – YOU'LL LOSE'

      Nicola Sturgeon's victory in nabbing a fourth term in office for the SNP has prompted her to continue insisting on a second independence referendum.

      Warning Boris Johnson against trying to block that, she said: "To any Westminster politician who tries to stand in the way of that, I would say, 'you're not picking a fight with the SNP, you're picking a fight with democratic wishes of the Scottish people', and you will not succeed.

      "The only people who can decide the future of Scotland are the Scottish people, and no Westminster politician can or should stand in the way of that."

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