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Tories could be on course for ‘one of the worst’ local government elections in 40-years

by LLB political Reporter
3rd May 24 11:49 am

Rishi Sunak is facing a very difficult day as the Conservative Party is facing major defeats in the local elections.

Labour has taken a Tory stronghold and won in the Blackpool South by-election, Rushmoor in Hampshire which the Conservative have held for 24-years and seized Redditch.

Labour is winning back seats across areas they lost during the Brexit debate, early signs show.

Professor Sir John Curtice who is a polling expert warned that the Prime Minister is likely on course to lose around 500 councillors.

So far result are showing that net Tory losses stands at 122 and Labour has gained 52 councillors.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, “So far they are basically losing a half of the seats they are trying to defend. If that continues they may end up losing 500 or so seats, which is the thing they were meant to avoid.

“Early days yet, but where we have got the detailed voting numbers, it looks as though the Conservative vote is a wee bit down on where it was last year.

We are probably looking at certainly one of the worst, if not the worst, Conservative performances in local government elections for the last 40.years.

Tory party chairman Richard Holden told Sky News they have had a “tough night.”

He said, “I do feel sorry for a lot of my Conservative colleagues who have been out campaigning with across the country over the last few weeks and months who haven’t managed to hold their seats.

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