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'Verdict still out on Jeremy Corbyn leadership'

Election expert Professor Colin Rallings Credit: GMB

The "verdict is still out" on Jeremy Corbyn's Labour leadership after Thursday's local elections.

While Labour had a "bad night" in Scotland, losing out to the SNP, in England results "weren't anywhere as bad as first thought", according to election expert Professor Colin Rallings.

Professor Rallings said there would be an element of "relief" within the Labour party that they hadn't conceded more ground across England.

But he added: "Let us be under no misapprehension, this is not a good enough base from which to win a general election".


Weather: Fine and dry for many with plenty of sunshine

Top temperature will reach 23 Celsius.

It is going to be a fine and dry day for many with plenty of sunshine.

However, areas of high level cloud drifting up from the south will make the sunshine hazy at times.

There will be a bit more cloud across parts of Scotland and this may well produce a few showers during the day.

It will be a warm day for most, but feeling cooler along the east coast due to an onshore breeze.

Top temperature 23 Celsius (73F).


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Leanne Wood victory in Rhondda 'shock result of election'

Leanne Wood's victory in the Rhondda can be confidently called the shock result of this election, even with some seats still to declare.

Leanne Wood won the Rhondda by a significant margin. Credit: PA

The Plaid Cymru leader took a huge political risk by deciding to contest her home constituency, a decision she took when it was not certain that the option of standing on the regional list as well would be available.

Plaid Cymru did win the Rhondda in the first Assembly election, in 1999 but Labour had since rebuilt its vote and party organisation under Leighton Andrews, a formidable political figure, who will be a major loss to Labour.

He was expected to continue as minister for public services, driving forward controversial local government reforms.

Labour defeat in Rhondda a 'terrible loss'

Labour's defeat to Plaid Cymru in the Rhondda constituency is a "terrible loss", according to Lord Peter Hain.

Leanne Wood had a majority of over 3,000 votes Credit: PA

Leighton Andrews, Assembly for Wales member for Rhondda between 2003 and 2016, lost by a majority of over 3,000 to Plaid Cymru's Leanne Wood.

The last time Plaid held the seat was in 1999.

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