Local elections: Labor marks big symbolic victories, but questions to Keira Starmer remain | Politics news

    The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan

    These are difficult choices to analyze: the picture is ambiguous and chaotic. When dawn comes on Friday, no one – perhaps except the Liberal Democrats – should be too happy with the results.

    Tories suffered losses – Maybe not as much as we could. The two council leaders who lost, one in the North West and one in London, put some of the blame on Boris Johnson’s door.

    Work continues to improve in London, taking Wandsworth, Barnet and will probably take Westminster. There were bright spots for Labor on both sides of the country – Cumberland’s new unitary council – the symbolic return of the “working man from Warkington”, which covers the places occupied by the Tories, and the Tory Labor in Southampton.

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    These are optically important results, especially Wandsworth, which has been blue since 1978 and has emerged as the flagship administration with low taxes.

    But in other places, when it comes to lost and lost places, the picture is extremely static – including in high-profile places that need to move forward.

    Places like Hartlepool, Peterborough, Redditch and Ipswich have not changed in terms of number of seats – many of these areas were in the New Labor era and would need to be relocated to give Labor a chance at minority government.

    The picture may look happier for Labor if we know how the vote has changed: it now looks as if the Tories have fallen 10 percentage points from the 2019 general election, but it will be some time before we can properly analyze these figures.

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    London Mayor Sadiq Khan has said that Boris Johnson defeated Wandsworth for Labor.

    Labor says they would have won sixteen seats in the general election with an “exit” based on the total share of votes: Carlisle, Copeland, Great Grimsby, Hartlepool, Ipswich, Lee, Lincoln, Peterborough, Stevenage, Turrock, Bromstrom Eastwich. Wolverhampton Northeast, Wolverhampton, Southwest, Worcester, Workington. It will take some time to check.

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    It is already clear that Labor has lost a share of the vote compared to 2018 in the north and in the Midlands, and has remained in place in terms of support in the south and has made progress in the east of England.

    Tory support has fallen markedly in the south, but less than Labor in the north, suggesting that headwinds remain for Keira Starmer’s party in areas they need to repel with their claws.

    The Liberal Democrats have reason to cheer. They have increased support in all four regions of England, according to an analysis for nearly 500 district chambers for Sky News. Hull’s win from Labor, securing Tory benefits in Merton and depriving Tories of a majority in David Cameron’s backyard in West Oxfordshire.

    But other than the apparent departure from the Tories in London, the picture is bleak: symbolic Labor victories, but many areas where they still face issues. None of the major parties is unequivocally the winner of the first tranche in the first hours of local elections.

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