Local election results 2014: Labour jubilant after taking Tory stronghold Hammersmith and Fulham

Conservative MP accused of 'sour grapes' as he blames defeat on 'Labour lies'

Deputy Political Editor

Labour is jubilant over the capture of Hammersmith and Fulham, which it described as “David Cameron’s favourite council”, from the Conservatives.

Both parties had poured heavy resources into the battle for the west London authority, where campaigning focused on plans to shake up local hospitals.

Labour gained 11 seats from the Tories to hand it a six-seat majority on the council which it will run for the first time for eight years.

A local Conservative MP, Greg Hands, blamed the defeat on “Labour lies” about the future of Charing Cross Hospital. But Labour accused him of “sour grapes” adding: “They voted Labour in David Cameron's favourite council.”

Redbridge also fell into Labour hands after the party won seats from the Tories, Lib Dems and Independents alike. The victory will bolster Labour’s hopes that it can make gains next year in east London which is experiencing rapid demographic change.

The Ukip surge prevented Labour from winning Basildon, the symbolic home of “Essex man” and an area which has traditionally alternated between Tory and Labour control.

Read more: Labour and Tories left reeling
Coalition tries to shift focus
Farage: 'The fox is in the henhouse'
Ukip: London 'too educated and cultured' to vote for us
Local elections 2014: Results in full

Labour’s performance was even worse in nearby Thurrock, where Ukip gained five seats and ousted the party from control of the authority. The Essex town’s parliamentary seat is held by the Tories by a tiny majority – and Ed Miliband will have no chance of making it to Downing Street unless he wins there.

Liberal Democrat losses in Cambridge handed the previously “hung” council to Labour control. The university town’s MP is a Liberal Democrat, so the result will boost Labour’s hopes of regaining a seat which has previously shifted between the three main parties.

Although Rotherham remained a Labour stronghold, the results showed Ukip is widening its appeal to urban areas in the North of England. Nigel Farage’s party gained nine seats to make it the second largest party on the south Yorkshire council.

Swindon delivered a rebuff to Mr Miliband, who was caught over this week in a radio interview over the identity of the local Labour leader. His party failed to make any gains on the Wiltshire council, allowing the Tories to increase their majority.

The Liberal Democrats were ousted in Portsmouth, where they have been haunted by claims about the MP Mike Hancock, who was suspended from the party over allegations of sexual misconduct towards a female constituent, which he denies. Ukip won four seats from the Lib Dems, one from Labour and one from an independent.

They also lost control to the Tories in Kingston-upon-Thames, which is represented in the Commons by the Cabinet minister Ed Davey and will now become a Conservative election target.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
ebooks
ebooksAn introduction to the ground rules of British democracy
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Account Director - Tech Startup - Direct Your Own Career Path

£25000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...

Recruitment Genius: Telephone Sales Advisor - OTE £35,000

£18000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Telephone Sales Advisor is re...

Recruitment Genius: Appointment Maker - OTE £20,000

£14000 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An office based Appointment Mak...

Recruitment Genius: Healthcare Assistant

£7 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This provider of care services is looking for...

Day In a Page

Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

Who is Oliver Bonas?

It's the first high-street store to pay its staff the living wage, and it saw out the recession in style
Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

60 years of Scalextric

Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones
Theme parks continue to draw in thrill-seekers despite the risks - so why are we so addicted?

Why are we addicted to theme parks?

Now that Banksy has unveiled his own dystopian version, Christopher Beanland considers the ups and downs of our endless quest for amusement
Tourism in Iran: The country will soon be opening up again after years of isolation

Iran is opening up again to tourists

After years of isolation, Iran is reopening its embassies abroad. Soon, there'll be the chance for the adventurous to holiday there
10 best PS4 games

10 best PS4 games

Can’t wait for the new round of blockbusters due out this autumn? We played through last year’s offering
Transfer window: Ten things we learnt

Ten things we learnt from the transfer window

Record-breaking spending shows FFP restraint no longer applies
Migrant crisis: UN official Philippe Douste-Blazy reveals the harrowing sights he encountered among refugees arriving on Lampedusa

‘Can we really just turn away?’

Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger as Isis ravages centuries of history

Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger...

... and not just because of Isis vandalism
Girl on a Plane: An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack

Girl on a Plane

An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack
Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

The author of 'The Day of the Jackal' has revealed he spied for MI6 while a foreign correspondent