>> A satisfying Friday for Britain's conservative Prime Minister Theresa May. As results flow in from local elections around the United Kingdom. They give a taste of how far her dominance extends before next month's national election. Early results show the ruling party has gained more than 100 local council seats across England and Wales.
>> Gaining control of five councils and winning a Mayoral race with the anti-EU UK Independents Party's vote collapsing. The main opposition, Labor Party, expected to lose ground in Scotland, a traditional stronghold now dominated by the Scottish National Party. Opinion polls show the Conservatives have a runway lead over Labor and UKIP ahead of the June 8th election.
All indicators suggesting May's surprise decision to call the election three years ahead of schedule looks set to work in her favor. As she hopes to cash in on her opponent's weakness and increase her political power at home and abroad.