Election 2016

Labour's 'hung on', Jeremy Corbyn says

Jeremy Corbyn said his party had "hung on" and defied predictions of local election losses in England.

The Labour leader hailed an "excellent" result in Wales and pledged to "walk hand in hand" with Scottish colleagues after they slipped to third behind the Conservatives.

Labour retained control of several key councils in England and remained the largest party in Wales.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell told "begrudgers" to "put up or shut up".

Pollsters had predicted losses for Labour in the local elections, with the party defending gains it made in 2012 under Ed Miliband.

Mr Corbyn said: "All across England [on Thursday night] we were getting predictions that we were going to lose councils. We didn't.

"We hung on and we grew support in a lot of places."

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