Different places, same night – same result. Turns out not opposing is not a winning strategy
Labour suffered further disastrous results in last night’s local elections, seeing catastrophic swings to the Tories in Nottinghamshire and Essex:
Keir Starmer’s and his right-wing supporters’ determination to offer neither vision nor hope of change continues to cause Labour’s standing to collapse like a sandy cliff.
For the sake of balance, it should be noted that Labour did manage to gain a seat last night from an independent in Fellgate and Hedworth in South Tyneside. However, the defeated independent had reportedly:
- caused more than £160,000 of damage by driving his lorry into a council building after a contract row
- been imprisoned for 40 weeks for the offence
- been sanctioned twice this year by the council’s standards committee for bullying and harassment and had all his outgoing emails monitored by the council
- forced his own resignation
- tried to retract his resignation but found he couldn’t, triggering the by-election
Even then, a large portion of the independent’s vote-share loss went to the Tories rather than to Labour.
Meanwhile, the LibDems won Knaresborough Scriven Park from the Tories – while Labour’s share fell by more than 16 points.
Avoiding all opposition and waiting for Boris Johnson to throw it away isn’t a winning strategy. Astonishing.
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