Elections in England, Wales and Scotland: As it happened

Key points

  • Conservative Boris Johnson has been re-elected as mayor of London
  • Labour make big gains in English local elections, with the BBC projecting a 38% vote share ahead of the Tories' 31% and Lib Dems' 16%
  • Nine cities reject the idea of an elected mayor, but Bristol says "yes". Doncaster also votes to keep its mayor
  • The SNP pulls ahead as the largest party in the Scottish council elections, while the Lib Dem vote collapses in several areas
  • Labour leader Ed Miliband says the election shows his party are "regaining ground"
  • David Cameron says the elections took place against a "difficult national backdrop" for the Conservatives

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  • Justin Parkinson 
  • Lucy Wilkins 

Last updated 5 May 2012

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