Westminster commentators are often quick to fix their own narrative to local election results nationally, but examining the individual results provide much more nuance.
This election – in theory – was meant to be about momentum (lower case ‘m’). Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party was going to continue the campaign momentum it gained in last year’s General Election to sweep the board. Labour have made gains in some areas – but has its performance really been good enough?
On Thursday 3rd May, there will be 4,350 seats up for election across 32 London boroughs, 34 metropolitan boroughs, 68 district and borough councils and 17 unitary authorities.
In the run up to council elections in London, Portland has compiled a list of 10 things to look out for when Londoners go to the polls.
Let’s hope the Chancellor has done his sums right as he prepares to borrow to make sure the UK is fit for its uncertain future.
Given Labour’s performance in the UK’s urban centres at June’s General Election, any future Labour Government would likely build on this dominance both at a constituency and mayoral level.
For firms one of the starkest short term effects of Corbyn’s first Labour leadership election victory has been the mobilisation of the new activist left.
A Corbyn Government will be a campaigning government. Fighting austerity, promoting social justice, and building an economy for the many not the few would be dominant political themes.
In the month between the local elections and the General Election, Labour’s fortunes changed dramatically.
Wounded Theresa May made only minor changes to her Cabinet after the election disaster but Downing Street has undergone seismic change. May’s hand was forced by the parliamentary party to dispose of her two joint chief of staff. Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill received the brunt of the initial blame for the election defeat and their departures were effectively the price May paid to remain in post.
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