Local elections 2019 results: Tories braced for losses as votes are counted – live news

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Latest news as council and mayoral elections take place in England and Northern Ireland

Another change of control, this time in Walsall. The Tories have taken control back from no overall control. They picked up two seats and Labour lost two there.

In Sunderland, Labour has kept control of the council but lost a thumping 9 seats. Four went to the Tories, two to Lib Dems, 3 to UKIP and one to the Greens. The Labour council leader Graeme Miller is blaming Brexit, saying leave voters deserted the party over its stance on a second referendum.

“I lost ten councillors tonight because the Brexit message has stepped into and over local politics”

Sunderland Labour leader Cllr Graeme Miller says some Leave voters deserted the party over of its stance on a new #Brexit referendum https://t.co/KjBEM4Aknh #LocalElections2019 pic.twitter.com/kPQer1YAgJ

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