It was a “tough” Friday night for UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Millions of voters in England, Wales, and Scotland cast their votes for new local representatives on Thursday.
But as a major blow to Johnson, an extremely underwhelming slice of the total 34 percent voter turnout was in favor of the Conservative Party.
The Tories lost nearly 400 council seats — a number Johnson, as well as the rest of the country, failed to predict.
The Tories made history for all the wrong reasons in this election after handing over control of its flagship councils Westminster and Wandsworth in London to the Labour Party for the first time since 1978.
The Prime Minister did note the party made “quite remarkable gains” elsewhere in the country.
Johnson told BBC News, “It’s certainly a mixed set of results.”
“We had a tough night in some parts of the country but on the other hand in other parts of the country, you are still seeing Conservatives going forward and making quite remarkable gains in places that haven’t voted Conservative for a long time, if ever,” he told BBC News.
It also recorded its worst result in Scotland for the last decade after being defeated by more than 400 seats and losing control of 11 councils, BBC data shows.
On the flip side, the Liberal Democrats racked up over 150 seats — a result that put them in a very comfortable position on the tally.
The Green Party saw positive progress after gaining 156 seats, with a total net gain of 81, while the Scottish National Party won overall in Scotland, ending on 453 seats.
More than 4,350 seats have been contested in England on over 140 councils. In Wales, 22 councils held elections, as well as Scotland’s 32 councils.
The Conservative Party’s severely disheartening results ultimately boiled down to the lack of trust in Johnson, mainly thanks to the “partygate” scandal.
This refers to the 12 illegal social gatherings the Conservative Party was embroiled in throughout lockdown when social distancing measures were put in place by the same government.
Johnson continuously shrugged off calls to resign following the scandals.