Boris Johnson is “unbalanced” over the cost of living crisis, says Keir Starmer
In UK local elections, votes are being counted overnight and the Tories are bracing for the loss of some key council seats.
But with results arriving after midnight, it was Labor who lost in the first significant change of control on Friday morning, losing Hull to the Lib Dems.
Significant losses for the Conservatives expected – Wandsworth, which has controlled the Conservatives for more than 40 years, is among the London boroughs likely to fall to Labour.
The losses have prompted Conservative local leaders to urge Boris Johnson to “take a good, strong look in the mirror”.
Away from London, things are looking like a good night for the Lib Dems. After her Hull victory, Baroness Kramer said it was “a community that in a sense is openly taken for granted by both Labor and Conservatives”.
And meanwhile Labor took control of the newly created Cumberland Council, a strong result in an area that has three Conservative MPs.
Labor win at Wandsworth signals ‘time for change’ in Westminster
Labour’s new leader of Wandsworth Council said his party’s victory signaled it was “time for a change” at the top of government.
“We will build a caring council that really listens and keep the same low council tax,” said Wandsworth’s new Labor leader Simon Hogg.
“But when we were phoning voters, we didn’t even have to address Partygate, we didn’t have to mention Boris Johnson. People have formed their own opinions about this government, so I’m afraid it’s time to change, even at the top.”
London’s Labor Mayor Sadiq Khan said the Labor victory in Wandsworth, which has been controlled by the Conservatives since 1978, “made history”.
Namita SinghMay 6, 2022 4:59 am
The census is to begin in Northern Ireland
The counting of votes begins this morning after the Stormont Assembly election.
The count will take place at three centers starting at 8 a.m., with the first of the 90 MLAs expected to be returned by Friday afternoon and the count expected to continue through Saturday. Some 239 candidates compete in 18 five-seat constituencies.
An indicative turnout of around 54 per cent was announced by the Northern Ireland Elections Office at 9pm on Thursday, although the final figure has not yet been confirmed.
Namita SinghMay 6, 2022 4:57 am
The Conservatives fear losing Westminster
Conservatives are increasingly pessimistic about the situation at Westminster, a council they have headed since its inception in 1964.
“We’re going to lose it,” said a senior Tory source.
Namita SinghMay 6, 2022 4:46 am
Tories lose Wandsworth to Labour
A major defeat saw the Conservatives lose control of Wandsworth in south London to Labour.
Sir Keir Starmer’s party won 5 seats from the Tories, who had held power in the Council since 1978.
“Boris Johnson’s loss of Wandsworth is monumental. That was the Tories’ crown jewel,” said a Labor source when the results were due to be confirmed.
It turned blue in 1978, a year before Margaret Thatcher was elected Prime Minister, and was reportedly her favorite council, known for its low taxes.
Namita SinghMay 6, 2022 4:39 am
Labor needs ‘real clarity’ on national policy
Salford Labor Mayor Paul Dennet said his party needed “real clarity about what the national policy is so that we can strengthen what we are trying to do on the ground”.
“Disappointed” after Labor lost three seats in the city council election, he said: “What we need to do is hear from residents and communities about the problems and concerns they have.
“There’s a lot going on, we’ve come through years of austerity and are facing a livelihood crisis.
“If we knock on the door, we see that people are really frustrated with the political system at the moment.”
Labor retains overall control of the Council, which had a third of its seats up for election this year.
Namita SinghMay 6, 2022 4:32 am
Labor confident of winning Wandsworth from Tories
A Labor source said: “Boris Johnson’s loss of Wandsworth is monumental. That was the crown jewel of the Tories.
“Wandsworth voters have put their faith in the change represented by Keir Starmer’s Labor.”
Namita SinghMay 6, 2022 4:26 am
Conservatives lose Worcester majority at no overall control
The Conservatives suffered another major loss in Worcester as neither party managed to retain a majority in the Council.
Having lost three seats, the Conservatives are now said to have a similar number to Labour. Green Party leader Louis Stephen, whose party has six seats, has offered to work with the two main parties.
Namita SinghMay 6, 2022 4:22 am
The Conservatives have lost 53 council seats so far
Preliminary results show that the Conservative Party has lost a net 53 seats so far, while Labor gained one seat and the Liberal Democrats 27 seats.
The vote, the first major electoral test for Boris Johnson since taking office as prime minister, will provide the most important snapshot of public opinion since the Conservative Party won its biggest majority in more than 30 years in the 2019 general election.
“These results confirm that the Conservatives have suffered something of a rejection from the electorate,” said electoral guru John Curtice, professor of politics at the University of Strathclyde.
Namita SinghMay 6, 2022 4:10 am
Local Conservatives call for Johnson’s ouster, citing ‘integrity issue’
Conservative leader of Carlisle City Council John Mallinson has said the Prime Minister should leave after the Cumberland defeat.
He told the BBC that he had “lost some very good colleagues” in the election for Cumberland, a newly created council, and found it “difficult to bring the debate back to local issues” while campaigning over Partygate and the cost of living crisis .
“I don’t think it helped to get comments from people like George Eustice talking about people using tokens to lower their grocery bills. It just seems very condescending,” he said.
Asked if he thought Conservative MPs should unseat the Prime Minister, Mr Mallinson said: “That would be my preference, yes.”
Namita SinghMay 6, 2022 4:06 am
Local Conservatives ask PM to ‘take a good, strong look in the mirror’
A local Tory has urged Boris Johnson to “take a good, hard look in the mirror” at the loss in the council seat in his area.
The leader of Portsmouth City Council’s Conservative group, Simon Bosher, told the BBC: “I have to say the results have been hugely disappointing, not entirely unexpected, I have to say. We did indeed lose some very good working councilors tonight.
“Personally I think those in power at Westminster really need to look carefully in the mirror because it’s the grassroots they’re counting on who are actually losing their seats tonight and it’s quite disappointing across the board. ”
Namita SinghMay 6, 2022 3:50 am
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/local-election-results-2022-uk-live-conservative-labour-b2072767.html UK local election results: Conservatives lose Wandsworth as local Tories turn against Boris Johnson