Britain's governing Conservative party made significant gains in local elections across the U.K., early results showed on Friday, in what was largely viewed as a bellwether for June's snap general election.
British voters headed to the ballot box Thursday to elect thousands of local-level government seats throughout the U.K. with less than five weeks to go before turning out once again to potentially elect a new prime minister.
As of 12 p.m. London time, the Conservatives had accrued more than 786 council seats, a net gain of 215, and would assume control of at least 10 local authorities, according to the BBC. Meanwhile, Labour, Britain's center-left opposition party had the control of five authorities and 517 council seats, a net loss of more than 159 on Friday morning.
U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May and her ruling Conservative government appeared on course for a sweeping victory on June 8, early local election results suggested.