Local elections 2022: Labour takes Wandsworth for first time since 1974 as Partygate hits Tories – live updates

Boris Johnson is blamed by local Tories for losses, as Lib Dems and Greens make key gains from rivals. Follow latest news and reaction as counting begins

  • Conservatives brace for losses as votes counted in local elections

One of the trickiest contests for Labour is in Sunderland, where it risks losing control of the council for the first time since it was founded in 1974, says the Guardian’s North Of England correspondent Josh Halliday.

Labour has a majority of only six councillors on the 75-seat authority, meaning it could easily fall into no overall control when ballots are counted.

There are enough clues on the doorstep and judging by the scale of the postal vote, that’s gone extremely well and we’re getting a big turnout. That said, neither party can be overly confident about which way many seats will go.

Partygate doesn’t come up as much as you’d think and for those who have brought it up they’ve said things like ‘You’re all as bad as each other’ or ‘that’s politics’.

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