Some of the local election results will be declared in the early hours of Friday, but most will come in during the day. Labour has collapsed. They can not win the general election.
Much of the Conservative Party success has been attributed to the UKIP vote switching en masse to the Tories as the anti-EU and anti-immigration party suffered a complete wipe-out in Thursday’s polls.
Results showed a loss of 144 seats for Labour – only five weeks before the snap general election.
“They’re individual contests being fought in very differing situations, from local council-level, issue-driven campaigns up to large mayoral fights with some well-known politicians”, a Labour party spokesperson said. This could spell very bad news for Labour. Labour is down three seats, to four.
Secondly, people vote in local races based on factors which are, well, local: bins, social care, library closures, bins, potholes, local scandals – and bins.
Corbyn admitted that Labour faced a challenge on an “historic scale”.
Since the 2015 ballot, which resulted in a surprise Labour wipeout in many regions, pollsters have implemented a variety of changes to their methods to try and correct this long-standing bias.
“There has been a national swing against us”, she said.
Welsh assembly member Vaughan Gething said: ” On the doorstep there’s obviously mixed messaging about Jeremy Corbyn and there’s no point us soft-soaping that or trying to tell you that isn’t happening.
Labour lost seats evenly across England, Scotland and Wales.
He repeated Labour’s challenge to Mrs May to take part in TV debates, contrasting Labour’s “open engaging” campaign with the “robotic” appearances by the Prime Minister. It predicts she is “on course for a landslide victory” thanks to her personal popularity.
The Conservatives look set for big gains in Scotland..
Johnson commented to the BBC that he had been told by people that Jeremy Corbyn’s style had: “been putting them off voting Labour”.
The final results showed a Tory lead in seats – but no overall majority. The poll put the Tories on 45 per cent, Labour on 29 per cent, Lib Dems on ten and Ukip on seven. “We do have a duty now to reform, because what concerns me is that there is still a desperate need for a sensible third party in British politics”.
The polls suggest a similarly comfortable victory for the Tories when we return to the polling booths next month, but while Cllr Carter has maximum faith in the prime minister, who he says has convinced a lot of voters on Kent doorsteps in recent weeks, the party can not afford to take anything for granted. “What we have to do is make this election about more than leadership, we’ve got to make it about the future of our country”.