Early holds for Tories

'As you were' in early Tory results
'As you were' in early Tory results

The first results in on local election night in England and Wales have seen a spate of holds for the Conservative party.

At 01:00 BST, an hour after the first results came in, the Tories had held on to 18 local authorities.

The councils, which included Tamworth - the first local authority to reveal its result - are situated across the country, but the majority are located in the Tory heartland of south-east England.

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