May 5, 2017 / 6:31 AM / in 7 months

UK PM May's Conservatives make gains in local elections

LONDON, May 5 (Reuters) - Britain’s ruling Conservatives have gained more than 100 local council seats across England and Wales, early results showed, suggesting Prime Minister Theresa May could increase her majority in a June 8 national election.

Voters turned out on Thursday to elect thousands of local-level government seats throughout Scotland and across parts of England and Wales, as well as a handful of newly created regional posts.

May’s Conservatives have already gained control of five councils and won a mayoral race with the anti-EU United Kingdom Independence Party’s vote collapsing compared to a strong poll performance four years ago when many seats were last contested.

Britain’s centre-left main opposition Labour Party, which trails May’s Conservatives in many opinion polls ahead of the June national election, is expected to lose ground in Scotland, a traditional stronghold now dominated by the Scottish National Party. (Reporting by Costas Pitas; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)

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