Terrible night for Tories – but Labour fails to break through in local elections

Boris Johnson is facing disaster after voters turned on his Conservatives in the 2022 local elections.

At the time of writing, the Conservatives have lost more than 120 council seats after an election in which they should have expected to take large numbers of seats from Labour (the reason being that Labour had gained massively the last time these seats were contested in 2018, due to the so-called ‘Corbyn bounce’).

But Labour has failed to make the breakthrough that some party supporters predicted for it in the run-up to the poll; claims that it would gain 800 seats seem certain to be scotched with the party only 35 seats better-off at the time of writing.

Party leader Keir Starmer has been talking up the party’s success in taking the London councils of Westminster, Wandsworth and Barnet from the Conservatives, but elsewhere the party has only retained control of councils with lower majorities as voters turned away from the “tepid Tory” fake alternative.

The strongest gains were made by the Liberal Democrats, with an increase of 58 councillors to 261 at the time of writing – and by the Green Party which has won 39 seats, a gain of 23 in the seats for which results have been declared so far.

The vote share for both Labour and the Conservatives has fallen – by a significant four per cent for the Tories, and by part of one per cent for Labour. The Greens have gained the most – three per cent.

The message so far is that Boris Johnson’s leadership of the Conservatives is in the balance as voters turn away – but Keir Starmer’s Labour has not picked up enough momentum to form a credible alternative.

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3 thoughts on “Terrible night for Tories – but Labour fails to break through in local elections

  1. Audrey Pool

    I wonder how many more people were like myself and voted Labour based on local factors and to stop the conservatives taking control of their local authority( one which has been forced on locals as a result of Tory gerrymandering ) but will never go and vote Labour in a general election as long as it’s led by the right wing ,unprincipled,back stabbing ,lying Tories currently in charge.

  2. Stu

    A political analyst said that overall the Labour total was essentially the same as in 2018.

    Given that the confidence in the tories is considerably lower now than in 2018, it makes you wonder what a properly led Labour party could have achieved without Starmer holding it back and destroying everything it stood for.

    So stop lying and calling it a victory Starmer, it was an abysmal failure.

  3. franceskaywriter

    Welsh Labour had a great night with 65 seats compared to Sturmer’s 52 in England. No mid-term backlash for Mark D as he powers ahead with people-friendly Crbyn-style policies. Will Rodney get the message? Does he realise how many ex-Labour voters switched to Green and Libdems?

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