Boris Johnson has sought to capitalise on Nicola Sturgeon's failure to win an outright majority by inviting her to a summit to save the union. The Prime Minister wrote to the Scottish First Minister, as well as Mark Drakeford, the Welsh First Minister, saying they need to show "spirit of unity and cooperation" and concentrate on repairing the economy. Ms Sturgeon immediately called for another independence referendum claiming it was "the will of the country", despite failing to win a clear majority for the SNP. In a dramatic day in British politics: Angela Rayner was sacked as chairman of the Labour Party, as leader Sir Keir Starmer began a major reshuffle of his top team after the disastrous Hartlepool by-election Sadiq Khan looked set to take London’s City Hall for a second time, as the Conservative candidate Shaun Bailey admitted defeat despite a better-than-expected performance Conservatives had another good day in the local elections in England, winning 283 council seats while Labour lost 229 seats Former Labour Cabinet minister Andy Burnham said “I’m here” if Labour needs him to take over as leader after winning a landslide victory to retain his position as Mayor of Greater Manchester Conservative Andy Street easily retained his position as mayor of the West Midlands, beating Labour's Liam Byrne by 314,669 votes to 267,262 Mr Drakeford was returned to power in Wales as the Conservatives and Labour recorded their best ever results in a Welsh election, while nationalists in the country suffered a crushing blow Analysis showed the three Unionist parties in Scotland together won more than 50 per cent of the constituency vote. The SNP won 64 seats, up one from the last election, while the Tories remained level on 31. Labour dropped two to 22 seats, the Greens increased two to eight and the Liberal Democrats fell one seat to four. Alex Salmond's Alba Party failed to win a seat. In his letter Mr Johnson – who made clear in an interview with The Telegraph that he would refuse to allow a second referendum – did not address the demands made by Ms Sturgeon for a second referendum. Instead he offered to treat Scottish patients in English hospitals and teach Scottish children in English schools as part of a UK-wide approach to supporting the Covid-19 recovery. Mr Johnson said: “While the UK’s broad shoulders have supported jobs and businesses the length of the country, we know that economic recovery will be a serious shared responsibility because the pandemic’s damage runs deep. “Covid-19 has also posed significant challenges for our public services, from hours of lost school learning, to backlogs in the NHS and courts. Overcoming them will require us to show the same spirit of unity and cooperation that marked our fight against the pandemic.” Mr Johnson said he has asked Ms Sturgeon, Mr Drakeford as well as Northern Ireland joint first ministers Arlene Foster and Michelle O’Neill to the summit.