After weeks of ‘Partygate’ headaches, Boris Johnson woke up this morning to more bad news as his party lost three London councilors to Labor in local elections.
As the counts came in overnight, the Tories lost control of former London strongholds Wandsworth, Westminster and Barnet, a triple whammy that could land the Prime Minister’s faltering leadership in further trouble.
A Labor victory at Westminster is a significant victory for Keir Starmer’s party, which has never left Tory hands since it was formed in 1964. And the loss of Wandsworth, once referred to by Margaret Thatcher as her ‘favorite councillor’, is a hugely symbolic defeat for the Conservative party after 44 years in Tory control.
But while Labor has increased its influence in London, it has so far failed to make significant gains elsewhere in the country, raising questions about whether it has done enough to win back its Labor heartlands in the next general election.
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Need a reminder of some of the other headlines from the last seven days?
- Friday marks 12 years since the Conservative Party came to power as part of a coalition government in 2010, ending 13 years of Labor rule.
- Boris Johnson hailed Ukraine’s resistance to the Russian invasion in an address to parliament in Kyiv as the besieged country’s “finest hour”.
- US and Western officials have suggested that Vladimir Putin could use a military parade planned for May 9 to officially declare war on Ukraine.
- Ben Wallace said British troops could soon be trained to exploit Russia’s military weaknesses from Ukraine.
- The US held high-level talks with Britain over Beijing’s threat to Taipei.
- And former tennis star Boris Becker was sentenced to two and a half years in prison after four charges under the Bankruptcy Act.
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