Conservative MPs say the party has had a “terrible night” in the local elections, with the Tories on course for heavy losses.
In Rishi Sunak’s first electoral test since becoming Prime Minister, both Labour and the Liberal Democrats have made significant gains across England.
The Conservatives have lost control in areas of the country seen to be key to winning the next general election with Labour gaining control of Plymouth, where the Tories had run a minority administration and in Stoke-on-Trent.
In Hertsmere, where Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden is MP, the Tories lost control of the council, with 13 councillors voted out while Labour gained seven and the Lib Dems six.
Tamworth, Brentford, North West Leicestershire and East Lindsey also fell from Tory administrations to no overall control.
Labour replaced the Tories as the largest party in Hartlepool and Worcester.
Conservative minister and Plymouth Moor View MP John Mercer said: “It’s been a terrible night in Plymouth as we lost every seat we stood in.
“We lost some outstanding friends and colleagues who have given decades of service to Plymouth.”