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Labour hold onto Crawley and Southampton

There were two councils everyone was watching - Crawley and Southampton.

Labour looked vulnerable in both. If Labour lost, Jeremy Corbyn could be in big trouble.

In the end, they won, and instantly talk of an impending leadership challenge vanished into the night.

It was not a great election for Labour: they're coming third in Scotland and they have lost council seats overall. But crucially it wasn't as bad as many in the party feared. Which also means it wasn't as bad as some anti-Corbyn Labour MPs secretly hoped.

Interestingly, the south has come to Mr Corbyn's rescue. And his position will be strengthened if, as expected, Sadiq Khan becomes London Mayor.

UKIP almost won control in Thurrock, and are doing well in Wales. The Lib Dems made some gains, ands held on defiantly in their Eastleigh stronghold: maybe they have finally started out on the long, long road to recovery.

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