Labour looks set to gain hundreds of additional councillors on Thursday.

Nearly 2,400 seats in 34 councils in England and one in Wales are up for grabs. In addition, there are mayoral contests in Doncaster and North Tyneside, as well as the South Shields parliamentary by-election following the resignation of David Milliband.

The Tories swept all before them the last time most of these councils were contested in 2009, winning seven in every ten seats and overall control of every county except Cumbria.

For Labour, by contrast, the elections marked an historic low point, eclipsing even the disastrous performances back in 1967 and 1968….click here to continue reading original article