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Keir Starmer arrives to meet winning Labour councillors in Barnet
Keir Starmer arrives to meet winning Labour councillors in Barnet
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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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