Both the Conservatives and Labour have experienced a mixed night as counting continues in local elections across England.
Labour and the Tories have both lost control of key councils in the first wave of local election results.
Robert Atkinson said: "The Tories will still be in control but by a much smaller margin than last time. They've been humbled, finally".
Labour are now the largest party with the Greens who won two seats in Altrincham and the Lib Dems holding the balance of power.
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell raised the prospect last month of the party securing a "significant victory" in Hillingdon but the Conservatives retained control.
"I've never been a borough councillor and I'm told it's very different [to being a town councillor]".
The party has been in control of the city council since 2011, and before that from 1981 to 2007.
Meanwhile, Dudley remained in no overall control but the council's Tory leader was confident a UKIP councillor and independent Conservative would join their group to hand them effective control.
After 14 years of Tory rule at Trafford Council it went to no overall control. "I'm here for all the residents". The Conservatives are defending slim majorities on councils such as Amber Valley, but could take control of Peterborough.
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Support for Ukip has collapsed with the party winning just two seats almost five hours into counting.
Plymouth - a major home of the Royal Navy - was a rare bright spot at yesterday's local elections for Labour and is now the only town hall to have switched from Tory to Labour control.
Tory concern over the loss of Trafford was further compounded by losing Richmond to the Liberal Democrats, with signs of a Brexit backlash against the Government in a strong Remain-supporting area.
Party chairman Brandon Lewis said the Conservatives did better than expected.
Most councils are counting votes overnight but others will declare results during the day on Friday.
A third of the council, 30 seats in total, were being contested.
Mayoral elections are taking place in Hackney, Lewisham, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Watford and the Sheffield City region, but there were no polls in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
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