If Keir Starmer’s Labour is so great, why can’t he get local election candidates?

Starmer’s dilemma: traditional Labour voters don’t think his policies reflect their vision of the party – so they are abandoning him.

Keir Starmer’s purge of the Labour Party has worked so well, he’s struggling to get people to stand as candidates in the May local elections.

Constituency Labour Parties have been stripped of so many members, there aren’t enough living in particular wards to nominate candidates in line with party rules – or they couldn’t get anybody to stand:

Some may say that 185 seats out of more than 8,000 isn’t bad – but if all of these council seats would have been contested in the past, then this is a very poor showing.

It reflects a growing mood of disillusionment with Starmer himself:

Starmer himself is starting to be considered a liability in ever-widening groups, and these may be some of the reasons:

This comment is particularly cutting:

And other political parties are capitalising on Labour’s stagnation, picking up policies from the Jeremy Corbyn era and using them to entice voters. For example:

Will Labour win seats simply because, as Starmer believes, voters have nowhere else to go in a “First Past The Post” system where the fear is that the Tories will win if people of conscience don’t vote for what’s perceived to be the largest other party?

We’ll find out in less than a month.

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