After weeks of “Partygate” headaches, Boris Johnson this morning woke up to yet more bad news as his party lost three London councils to Labour in the local elections.
As overnight counts came in, the Tories lost control of the former London strongholds of Wandsworth, Westminster and Barnet, a triple blow that could land the prime minister’s faltering leadership in further trouble.
A Labour win in Westminster is a significant victory for Keir Starmer’s party, having never left Tory hands since it was created in 1964. And the loss of Wandsworth, once described by Margaret Thatcher as her “favourite council”, is a hugely symbolic defeat for the Conservative Party after being under Tory control for 44 years.
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But while Labour strengthened its grip on London, it has so far failed to make significant gains elsewhere in the country, prompting questions over whether it has done enough to win back its Labour heartlands come the next general election.
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Need a reminder of some of the other headlines over the past 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 Labour rule.
- Boris Johnson hailed Ukraine’s resistance to Russia’s invasion as the besieged country’s “finest hour” in an address to its parliament in Kyiv.
- US and Western officials suggested Vladimir Putin may use a military parade scheduled to take place on 9 May to formally declare war on Ukraine.
- Ben Wallace said British troops could soon be trained in how to exploit Russia’s military weaknesses by Ukraine.
- The US held high-level talks with the UK over Beijing’s threat to Taipei.
- And former tennis star Boris Becker was sentenced to two and a half years in prison after being convicted of four charges under the Insolvency Act.
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