Britain's opposition Labour Party looks set to lose ground in regional and local elections, partial results showed on Friday, pointing to a dip in support that could challenge the authority of the party's leader Jeremy Corbyn.
In the biggest test of the political mood since David Cameron's Conservative Party won a national election a year ago, Britons voted on Thursday to elect new devolved authorities in Scotland and Wales, more than 2,700 local officials across England and a new mayor of the nation's capital city, London.
The elections have been framed as a test of Corbyn's first eight months in charge of Labour after his surprise victory in an internal leadership contest last September shifted the party's political stance sharply to the left.
With more than half of the results from local government elections in England counted, Labour had lost control of a relatively modest 28 seats. But Labour's share of the vote was down 9 percent in Scotland and nearly 8 percent in Wales.
"We should have been winning by a landslide across the country with the way this Tory (Conservative) government's been acting and the way they've deal with the country," Labour lawmaker John Mann told the BBC.
"We're holding our own, but we should be doing dramatically better than this."
The lone bright spot for a party struggling to hold the government to account may be London's mayoral election, where opinion polls show Labour candidate Sadiq Khan is expected to become the first Muslim to take the post later on Friday.