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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-04-12 09:13 AM
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David Cameron Apologizes for Conservative Election Losses over Labour's Wins!
Edited on Fri May-04-12 09:22 AM by KoKo
David Cameron apologises for local election losses

Conservatives and Liberal Democrats lose hundreds of seats while Labour makes big gains amid ongoing economic suffering

Hlne Mulholland and Patrick Wintour, Friday 4 May 2012 08.06 EDT

Ed Miliband meets supporters in Birmingham after Labour made significant gains in the local elections. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA

David Cameron has apologised to hundreds of Conservative councillors who lost their seats in the local elections "against a difficult national backdrop".

Earlier, the Liberal Democrat leader, Nick Clegg, described his sadness at the party's results in elections which saw both the coalition parties suffer widespread losses.

Meanwhile Ed Miliband declared that Labour was "winning back people's trust" after a night of big gains across the country saw his party take control of several key councils, including Birmingham, Southampton, Plymouth, Reading, Norwich, Thurrock and Harlow.

With around half the votes counted for some 5,000 seats in 181 councils across England, Scotland and Wales, Labour had won control of 22 councils, racked up around 470 new seats and looked set for overall gains of more than 700. The Tories looked likely to lose more than 350 seats and the Liberal Democrats about 200.

Psephologists said the results showed about 39% of the vote, in elections conducted on a low turnout of about 32%, going to Labour, while the Tories were taking 31%, triggering laments from some within the party that it was not being "Conservative enough".

The Lib Dems were taking 16% and were braced to see their share of the councillor base fall below 3,000 for the first time since the party was formed in 1988, prompting the Labour peer Lord Prescott to declare an "Armacleggon".

Speaking outside his home, Miliband said: "We are a party winning back people's trust, regaining ground, but there is more work to do. I know that David Cameron promised change and has disappointed people. I am determined that we can deliver Britain the change it needs.

"People are hurting. People are suffering from this recession, people are suffering from a government that raises taxes for them and cuts taxes for millionaires. I think that's what we saw last night."

But the prime minister who suffered the embarrassment of losing seats in his Witney constituency to Labour as it made inroads into the Conservative heartlands of southern England insisted he would continue to make the "difficult decisions" needed to deal with Britain's debt.
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Me. Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-04-12 11:22 AM
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1. Translation of: "difficult decisions" needed to deal with Britain's debt"
I don't care what you think or what you want. I am going to continue with my misguided policies and keep favoring the rich to the detriment of everyone else.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-05-12 04:03 AM
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2. Nailed it in Reply #1. Kudos.
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