Excitement is forecast as voters head to the polls in next week’s local elections.
Polls are conducted Local Authorities across England, alongside mayoral elections in Croydon and other southern areas. In Scotland, elections are held to all 32 councils, while elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly are held on the same day.
Wandsworth and Westminster
The two London councils are both Conservative controlled but Labor are expected to challenge hard in both boroughs.
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Last time out Labor won more votes but fewer seats in Wandsworth, noted Sky newsbut with the party now holding all parliamentary constituencies, “they will want a different result next month”.
Meanwhile he said London evening standardAlthough the “traditional Tory stronghold” of Westminster has never been under the control of any other party, some commentators believe the Conservatives “could come under pressure as the Partygate Series rages”.
Former edge seats of the Red Wall
The Conservative Party was “bloody support” in the Red Wall, it said The Telegraph. A new poll found the party now has support from just 38% of Red Wall voters, down from 56% in the last general election in 2019.
This suggests the Tories will lose a “significant number of council seats”, the newspaper added, noting that disappointed Red Wall voters “have either returned to the Labor Party or have chosen not to vote”.
New Mayor of Croydon
Croydon residents will vote for the first time on who should be their local mayor after a referendum last year gave voters responsibility for a selection previously made by councillors.
Val Shawcross, a former member of the London Assembly, is running as the Labor candidate, while Jason Perry, Croydon Councilor, is the Conservative candidate. Peter Underwood runs for the Greens and the Lib Dems introduce Richard Howard. There are four other candidates.
The vote in Croydon will be affected by the District financial crisisafter the Labor-held council was forced to declare de facto bankruptcy in late 2020, noted London evening standard. The poll could see Labor face a backlash amid significant voter dissatisfaction. The Metropolitan Police have confirmed they are investigating allegations of fraud.
Independence views are increasingly central to the way Scots vote in council elections, said Sir John Curtice, professor of politics at Strathclyde University The National. Results in Scotland could therefore be volatile.
There are eight counties where the election is already over because, for lack of candidates, everyone who ran was elected. However wrote BBC Scotland’s political editor Glenn Campbell: “Everywhere else there is gambling and because turnout tends to be lower than general elections and because there is a proportional voting system where candidates are ranked 1, 2, 3 in order of preference, the results are difficult to predict”.
Sinn Fein in Northern Ireland
The 2022 Northern Ireland Assembly elections will also be held on 5 May and will elect 90 members Stormmont.
A poll earlier this month put Sinn Fein on track to become the largest party in Stormont, nearly seven points ahead of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill is therefore “ready to break the DUP’s 15-year stranglehold on the first ministerial post,” she said Irish center.
That is significant, he said The guardfor it would mean that a party which is ‘declared Republican with previous IRA links’ and maintains a policy of absenting its MPs from Westminster would ‘lead government in one of the four countries of the UK’.
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