The media – and a rather desperate-looking set of Tories behind Theresa May – made much this week of the Conservatives clinging on by the narrowest of margins, around 160 votes across three wards, in Wandsworth, a borough that the Tories have held for forty years.
As the SKWAWKBOX observed on Friday, the faces on the assembled Tories looked anything but celebratory. Shell-shocked, yes. Relieved, certainly. Afraid, definitely.
But the fact that they tried to present a night on which they held on by their fingernails while losing eight seats as cause for celebration spoke volumes for how scared the Tories are of Corbyn’s Labour – no matter how they try to spin the local elections as a Labour failure.
But now the votes are fully counted, it has emerged that Labour won the ‘popular vote’ in the borough. The final numbers were:
Labour total vote: 123, 208
Tory total vote: 121, 295
Theresa May’s first appearance on Friday was on the steps of Wandsworth town hall where she celebrated clinging on by her fingernails as a “success”.
Small wonder those assembled Tory faces looked so shell-shocked. Here they are again, to enjoy:
It’s anything but ‘job done’ yet for Labour. But the onward, upward march continues – however furiously the Tories and their media allies are spinning otherwise.
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