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Pressure on Corbyn despite better than predicted Labour results in England

Labour suffered losses in English council elections, but the initial results were not as bad as many had expected.

The party also held on to two safe seats in Westminster by-elections, but frustrations with Jeremy Corbyn's leadership still bubbled to the surface.

Millions turned out to vote in a series of elections across the UK in what was dubbed "Super Thursday".

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McDonnell: Poll results 'success' despite pundit claims

The shadow chancellor said Labour had enjoyed a 'remarkable success' Credit: PA

Labour enjoyed a "remarkable success" across the country, despite the party's dismal poll results in Scotland, Labour's shadow chancellor John McDonnell has said.

"Pundits were predicting we'd be losing hundreds of seats and we haven't, in fact we have gained many," he told journalists at the London Assembly count centre at Kensington Olympia, where he was supporting Labour candidates.

"We've held on to councils we've targeted. It looks as though we're going to take London, we're going to take GLA [Greater London Authority] seats as well."

Commenting on Labour's poor performance in Scotland, he said: "Scotland is sad, it will take us years to recover. But the party will rebuild."

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