THIS is my first column since last Friday’s election results, and I have noted many have drawn wrong conclusions from them.

Firstly, to even use them as some sort of set in stone guide to how any general election result would hypothetically play out, if one was held tomorrow, would be foolish.

Just two years ago, the poor local elections for Labour came a month before a snap general election called by Theresa May. The experts predicted May’s government would get a bigger majority, but we know how it actually went, with Labour winning 40 per cent of the vote, and it ended up being a hung parliament.

However, it is true any election does give us an idea of the general mood right now. Unsurprisingly, turnouts were low, and Brexit was the motivation behind many votes, obvious from things written on many spoiled ballots.

The Lib Dems did well last week, the Greens would also call it a successful election as voters turned against Conservatives and Labour. On that though, let's also get it right - it was more of a disaster for the Tories. They lost more than 1,300 council seats, it was the worst local election result since 1995, how could it not be worse for them.

That is not to pretend it was a great set of results for Labour either. There are Brexit splits in the party and not having a clear policy has been damaging.

Many used the results saying they signalled there was widespread support for a second referendum, while others said it was clear indication we should get Brexit sorted and leave.

As it stands, the European elections are set to go ahead on May 23 - something which seemed impossible when the original referendum result was announced. That election is likely to see smaller parties gaining some support.

Protest votes, which many of them will be, would also provide no hint to an actual general election result. They, just like the council election results, will again be used by staunch Remainers and leavers as evidence the public supports their side.

Meanwhile, Theresa May continues as PM and, as talks with Labour appear to have gone nowhere so far, she still hopes somehow Parliament will support her deal.

And each day we move a step closer to that Halloween deadline.

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