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Voters still choose Labour despite 'unpopular' Miliband

A poll by former Conservative party deputy chairman Lord Ashcroft has found Labour could win "a comfortable majority" in the 2015 general election.

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Summary: Ukip and Labour enjoy gains

After a rush of early-morning declarations, the current results from local elections stand as follows, according to the BBC:

  • Labour: 623 council seats (up 101), with a total of 28 councils (up three)
  • Conservative: 553 council seats (down 94), with control of 17 councils (down eight)
  • Liberal Democrats: 185 council seats (down 99), and 2 councils (down one)
  • UKIP: 87 council seats (up 86), not in control of any councils

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