Council election candidates ask not to be punished for ‘mistakes made in Westminster’
Votes are being counted this morning in the UK’s local elections, with the Tories bracing themselves for the loss of some key council seats.
The most significant result so far has come from Wandsworth, a gain for Labour. The Conservatives had held the council, described by Sir Keir Starmer’s party as the “jewel in the crown” of its London authorities, puisque 1978.
The loss of council seats across the country has prompted local Conservative leaders to call upon Boris Johnson to “take a good, strong look in the mirror”, with some demanding a change of leadership in Westminster.
pendant ce temps, it is looking like a good night for the Lib Dems, who managed the first major swing of the night by winning Hull from Labour. After their victory, Baroness Kramer said it was “a community that in a sense has been taken for granted frankly by both Labour and Conservatives”.
And elsewhere Labour took control of the newly created Cumberland council, a strong result in an area that has three Conservative MPs.
Sadiq Khan tweets video of Labour campaigners celebrating Wandsworth win
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has tweeted a video of Labour campaigners and councillors celebrating in Wandsworth.
Dans la vidéo, Mr Khan can be heard saying: “Three words. Wandsworth, La main d'oeuvre, gains”, as Labour supporters cheer.
Alongside the video, Mr Khan tweeted: “A historic, joyous night for Labour as Wandsworth council goes red for the first time in 44 années.
“This is a fantastic result for Wandsworth residents – who can now look forward to a cleaner, greener, more equal borough under the leadership of (Simon Hogg). #LabourGain”
Tories lose Southampton to Labour
Labour gained control of Southampton from the Conservatives, who previously held 25 du 48 seats. Labour won 13 of the seats being contested, to finish the night with 26, with Conservatives on 21, and Liberal Democrats on one.
Conservatives lose West Oxfordshire
The Conservatives lost control of West Oxfordshire after Liberal Democrats made a gain of 13 per cent in their vote share. The Tories previous held 27 du 49 seats and have so far lost three seats – two to the Liberal Democrats and one to the Greens. pourtant, no party has a majority.
Labour’s win in Wandsworth signals ‘time for change’ in Westminster
Labour’s new leader of Wandsworth council said his party’s victory signalled it was “time for change” at the top of the government.
“We are going to build a compassionate council that truly listens and keep that same low council tax,” said Wandsworth’s new Labour leader Simon Hogg.
“But when we were calling around on voters we didn’t even have to raise Partygate, we didn’t have to mention Boris Johnson. People have formed their own views on this government, so I am afraid it is time for change at the top as well.”
London’s Labour mayor Sadiq Khan said that “history has been made” with the Labour victory in Wandsworth, which had been in Conservative control since 1978.
Counting to begin in Northern Ireland
The vote count will begin later this morning after the fresh election to the Stormont Assembly.
Counting will take place at three centres from 8am, with the first of the 90 MLAs expected to be returned by Friday afternoon and the count likely to continue into Saturday. À propos de 239 candidates are competing across 18 five-seater constituencies.
An indicative voter turn out of around 54 per cent was given by the Electoral Office of Northern Ireland at 9pm on Thursday, though the final figure has not yet been confirmed.
Conservatives fear losing Westminster
The Conservatives are increasingly pessimistic about the situation in Westminster, a council they have run since its creation in 1964.
“We will lose it,” a senior Tory source said.
Tories lose Wandsworth to Labour
In a major defeat, the Conservatives have lost control of south London’s Wandsworth to Labour.
Sir Keir Starmer’s party gained 5 seats from the Tories, which had held power in the council since 1978.
“Boris Johnson losing Wandsworth is monumental. This was the Tories’ jewel in the crown,” a Labour source said as the results were set to be confirmed.
It turned blue in 1978, a year before Margaret Thatcher’s election as prime minister and was reputedly her favourite council, renowned for its low taxes.
Labour needs ‘real clarity’ on national policy
Salford’s Labour mayor Paul Dennet said that his party requires “real clarity on what national policy is to enable us to bolster what we are trying to do locally”.
“Disappointed” after Labour lost three seats in the city council elections, il a dit: “What we need to do is learn from residents and communities about what issues and concerns they have.
“There is a lot going on, we have years and years of austerity and we’re facing a cost-of-living crisis.
“When we’re doorknocking we see people are really frustrated at the moment with the political system.”
Labour remains in overall control of the council, which had a third of its seats up for election this year.
Labour is confident of winning Wandsworth from the Tories.
A Labour source said: “Boris Johnson losing Wandsworth is monumental. This was the Tories’ jewel in the crown.
“Voters in Wandsworth have put their trust in the change Keir Starmer’s Labour represents.”
Conservative lose Worcester majority to no overall control
The Conservatives have suffered another major loss in Worcester, with no party managing to hold a majority of the council.
After the Conservatives lost three seats, they are now set to have a similar number to Labour. Greens leader Louis Stephen, whose party has six seats, has offered to work with the two major parties.