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Results are coming in from the local elections. The Labour party has made gains in London, while the Conservatives have had the best showing in the rest of England. We’ve had a reporting team up all night and our live coverage continues this morning, while our interactive page lets you keep track of all the results as they arrive.

At time of writing, with results in from 87 of the 150 councils in England holding elections, all three main parties have achieved net gains in numbers of seats. Labour was on 1,072 seats (+30), the Conservatives 642 (+16) and the Lib Dems 278 (+24). Labour had won 44 councils (-1), the Conservatives 27 (no change) and the Lib Dems 3 (no change). Ukip were the biggest losers of the night. With results in from 87 councils, they had lost 35 seats, and won just two. Here is how the night unfolded in some of the key races.

The results mean Theresa May has emerged unscathed from her first major electoral test since the general election. Preliminary analysis suggests that outside London there was a swing from Labour to the Conservatives. In London the trend was different, but Labour failed to secure high-profile gains that some in the party had hoped for. A much-touted attempt to seize control of Wandsworth was foiled by the Conservatives, who have held it since 1978. On the BBC election programme Justine Greening , the Conservative former education secretary and MP for Putney, said: “Maybe we are beginning to see something akin to peak Corbyn happening.” The Tories have also held Westminster, and Labour has conceded it can’t win Kensington and Chelsea. The Conservatives gained control of Basildon and Peterborough, both from no overall control.

Jonathan Carr-West, CEO of the Local Government Information Unit, said: “At present it looks like a better night for the Conservatives than many would have anticipated, while Labour results have not quite lived up to expectations. The Lib Dems made big strides in terms of numbers of councillors and swept away the Conservatives in Richmond, presumably benefiting from being the only major party opposed to Brexit in the borough that recorded one of the highest remain votes in the country.

Novichok was made to kill – Up to 100 grams of liquid nerve agent may have been used in the attempted murder of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, according to the world chemical weapons watchdog. The quantity of novichok used in the Salisbury attack was much more than would be kept for research purposes, indicating it was made to be used as a weapon, said Ahmet Üzümcü, head of the OPCW. The poison was of a high purity and “very persistent” where it had been spread. Almost 200 military personnel in protective suits and boots are spending months decontaminating nine sites in Salisbury.

Storm over Trump ‘hush money’ – Donald Trump is being accused of breaking campaign finance law after admitting he reimbursed the money paid by his lawyer to Stormy Daniels in the run up to the 2016 election. He previously said he didn’t know about it. The US president has insisted “no money from the campaign” flowed to the adult film actor who alleges an affair with him. But watchdogs and experts argue that Trump still broke the law by failing to include the $130,000 payment in campaign financial disclosures. Walter Shaub, former director of government ethics and Trump critic, said: “It is absolutely stunning that we’ve reached the point where the president of the United States appears to have lied to the US Office of Government Ethics about a payoff to a porn star.”

Twitter password warning – Twitter has advised all its users to change their passwords after a security flaw was found. There was “no indication of breach or misuse” of the passwords, which had been stored as plain text on internal system logs when they should have been encrypted. Olivia Solon’s report explains the bug and what you should do if you’re on Twitter.

Indian Ocean’s lonely graves – The seabed search for Malaysia Airlines flight 370 may have found no trace of the airliner. But it has potentially solved the mystery of two 19th century shipwrecks. Maritime historians have published a short list of possible identities of the wrecks that were found in the initial search of 274,000 square miles of the Indian Ocean, where MH370 is thought to have gone down with 238 people on board.

You should spend some time today getting to grips with how the Russian government wages war on the truth – a prime example being its embassy in London, and the foreign minister himself, spreading conspiracy theories about the Salisbury poisoning. RT, Russia’s Kremlin-backed 24-hour news channel, is being investigated by the UK regulator Ofcom for breaches of impartiality rules –but the bigger story is its internet operation. Here’s how it uses viral videos, humour and meme culture to spread fake news. Something to think about before liking or sharing one of their posts. Sport

Team Sky have been accused of deceiving the organisers of the Giro d’Italia into handing over a reported €1.4m in appearance fees by not disclosing that their star rider Chris Froome had already failed a drug test. Asbel Kiprop has suggested he tested positive for EPO because drug control officers tampered with his sample, having also demanded money from the Kenyan 1500m runner during the test. Surrey have pulled off an almighty coup by signing Virat Kohli, the India captain and cricket’s premier all-format batsman, for the whole of June.

Away from their ritual pre-fight shove for the TV cameras at a London hotel on Thursday, a more considered Tony Bellew paused to observe that, for all the insults and mind games, he expects David Haye to “go down swinging” when they meet again on Saturday night. And Major League Baseball will announce next week that the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will play two games at the London Stadium on 29 and 30 June next year. Business

Asian shares have stepped back while the dollar ran into some profit-taking after a strong week of gains as financial markets turned their attention to looming US payrolls data for fresh catalysts. Investors were cautious after a largely weak performance on Wall Street overnight as some disappointing earnings reports offset strong economic data, while bond yields slid after a surprising slowdown in eurozone inflation.

The Guardian leads with “ Britain’s new drive to strengthen anti-Russia alliance”, as detailed above. The splash headline in the Times is “Bercow digs in amid new bullying allegations” – it adds that the Speaker believes he has the support to stay in office. The Telegraph says “UK may stay in customs union until 2023” – the story elaborations there are “fears that Remainers will exploit the deal to thwart Brexit”.