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UK local elections 2022 – live: Tories could lose ‘hundreds’ of seats, election guru says

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Boris Johnson is “unbalanced” over the cost of living crisis, says Keir Starmer

The Conservatives are on track to lose “hundreds” of seats, an election guru warned ahead of today’s UK polling station opening.

in a (n article for The IndependentMr. John Curtice warned Conservatives would suffer big losses in the first major public opinion test since the Partygate scandal.

Meanwhile, the leader of a grassroots Tory group said The Independent That anger at the No. 10 parties, compounded by fears of a rising cost of living, suggested the party’s supporters were staying at home on Thursday.

“The people hardest hit by lockdown – those who have missed weddings and funerals – still think it’s a scandalous disgrace and now they’re also feeling the impact of higher taxes and energy costs,” said John Strafford, campaign leader for conservative democracy.

It follows claims by Angela Rayner that Tory candidates are ashamed of being associated with the Prime Minister by running as ‘local’ conservative‘ and ask voters not to ‘punish’ them for it. party gate Scandal.

“It speaks volumes that Boris Johnson’s own Conservative candidates are ashamed to be associated with him and are trying to throw dust in the voters’ eyes,” the Labor Vice-Chairman said.

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Work to make a profit on the most important battlefield, new predictions suggest

Labor is expected to make gains in the main campaign grounds in England, but likely more slowly in the former northern core, new forecasts suggest.

According to a YouGov poll, “They will make healthy seat gains [today] but council wins may be more difficult to achieve.

The rising cost of amenities and Whitehall’s lockdown busting parties are expected to be the issues voters will prioritize in the election.

But how do they affect the result? my colleague Emily Atkinson explains in this report:

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Great Britain and Japan want to agree on a new defense agreement

Boris Johnson will be host Japanese prime minister one London on Thursday as the two are set to agree a “landmark” new defense deal.

Fumio Kishida’s first official visit at the invitation of the government is to be marked with a guard of honor and an RAF flypast over central London.

Downing Street said leaders are expected to agree in principle on a “landmark” Reciprocal Access Agreement (RAA) that would allow Japanese and British forces to train, conduct joint drills and disaster relief operations together.

Emily AtkinsonMay 5, 2022 3:30 am

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Watch: George Eustice says Tories have done ‘what we can’ about the cost of living crisis

George Eustice says Tories have done ‘what we can’ about the cost of living crisis

Emily AtkinsonMay 5, 2022 02:30

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The latest round of predictions for local elections is in…

The cost of living crisis and the Partygate scandal are likely to be the issues on voters’ minds on the morning of the election – but how might they affect tomorrow’s outcome?

Labor currently controls 67 councils versus the Conservatives’ 46.

But according to the latest YouGov Projections as presented by Sky News’ Deputy Political Editor Sam CoatesLabor are on course for potentially significant gains in London.

In the capital, Labor swing predictions include Wandsworth, Westminster and Barnet – areas described by the broadcaster Sophie Ridge as the “conservative jewels”.

But the picture outside London is far less promising for Labor with no progress at all in the former Labor Party heartlands of northern England.

The complete video can be seen here:

Emily AtkinsonMay 5, 2022 1:30 am

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I was told my body parts got me the job, says a former minister

A Conservative former minister said she was told shortly after being appointed to the role that she “only got this job because of certain body parts” she had.

Caroline NokeChair of the Women’s and Equal Opportunities Committee, said: “I can remember being told when I was a brand new minister that I only got this job because of certain body parts I have – and that’s what people said to me Face.

“Who knows what they said behind my back.”

Jane Dalton has the story:

Emily AtkinsonMay 5, 2022 00:30

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Watch: Sadiq Khan says Grant Shapps has to ‘grow up’ over Elizabeth Line announcement

Sadiq Khan says Grant Shapps needs to ‘grow up’ over Elizabeth Line announcement

Emily AtkinsonMay 4, 2022 11:30 p.m

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Martin Lewis condemns the minister’s ‘patronizing’ advice to buy quality food brands in a cost-of-living crisis

environmental secretary George Eustice said Wednesday morning that buyers should choose tokens in supermarkets to “contain and manage their household budget”.

Mr. Lewis, the founder of Sparexperte.com said it’s “bulls**t” to suggest to people on the lowest incomes that they don’t already know how to shop cheap and do so.

Speak with Andrew Marr on LBC of Mr Eustice’s comments, he said: “What’s wrong is the concept that the lowest income people who are choosing whether to freeze or starve don’t know that and don’t do that, that’s the bulling* **.”

Emily AtkinsonMay 4, 2022 10:30 p.m

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The screenshot is intended to show Purdah-breaking information from Hartlepool Council

A screenshot of a Hartlepool Borough Council Facebook post claims to share quotes from its Head of Elections, Denise McGuckin, who is openly touting a new “flagship leisure development” and supporting Conservative Mayor Ben Houchen.

The post contained in the screenshot appears to have been deleted from the council’s Facebook page.

The Independent has contacted Hartlepool Borough Council for comments.

Emily AtkinsonMay 4, 2022 21:31

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Opinion: How the local elections could make or break Boris Johnson

At first glance, the omens do not bode well for Boris Johnson. His party shows no signs of regaining the electoral advantage it enjoyed in this parliament until its integrity and ethics became the subject of controversy. On average, the Conservatives are currently six points behind Labour. That’s a nine-point swing since the 2019 general election. writes John Curtice.

However, this week’s elections are very different from the general elections. Most seats in England were last contested in May 2018 when Theresia May tried to keep her recalcitrant party together on Brexit while Jeremy Corbyn fended off accusations of anti-Semitism.

Emily AtkinsonMay 4, 2022 8:30 p.m

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After more than 6000 objections, press guard IPSO rejects all complaints about Angela Rayner Mail articles

The press regulator has dismissed all complaints about an article claim Angela Rayner crossed and opened her legs in the House of Commons to distract Boris Johnson.

Anonymous Tory MPs quoted in a post on Sunday The article claimed the Labor Deputy Leader tried to “throw the Prime Minister out of step” during Prime Minister’s Questions by “crossing and picking up her legs” in a scene allegedly reminiscent of the film. primal instinct.

The article entitled “Stone the crows! Tories accuse Rayner of Basic Instinct ploy to distract Boris,” sparked outrage across the political spectrum and was branded by many as misogynistic.

my colleague Chiara Giordano Reports:

Emily AtkinsonMay 4, 2022 7:25 p.m

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