Britain’s Conservative Party made strong gains in local elections on Friday, suggesting prime minister Theresa May’s Brexit strategy is winning over voters who should hand her an easy victory in a parliamentary poll on June 8.

Early results from the local elections, which voters often use to punish the ruling party, showed May’s Conservatives had instead gained more than 200 council seats and won a mayoral election in the West of England.

The main opposition Labour party lost control of councils in Wales, but the biggest losses were suffered by the anti-EU UK Independence Party, which after two decades of campaigning to leave the European Union has struggled to find a new raison d’etre since Britons voted for Brexit last June.To continue the post please