London was anything but the success Starmer and his media mates have claimed
After a couple of early wins in the capital, Keir Starmer and the so-called ‘mainstream’ media have continued to push a narrative that London’s results favoured Starmer’s party and offset in part Labour’s dire results in other parts of England.
However, as more counts have been announced, the real picture that has emerged has shown that London is anything but the success story Starmer and his allies want us to believe.
While Labour gained 3 boroughs, it also lost three – Harrow and Croydon to the Tories and Tower Hamlets to former Labour politician Lutfur Rahman.
But those three are only the start of Starmer’s London rejection – Labour also made net losses in councillor numbers in no fewer than six other boroughs:
- Hackney -2
- Enfield -8
- Newham -2
- Brent -5
- Hounslow -1
And in Harrow, where as noted above Labour lost control to the chaotic Tories, the party lost eight seats.
In short, Starmer gained in a few wealthy areas of London – and he and his Tory-lites were rejected in working-class areas just as towns and working-class communities in other parts of the country rejected him.
Of course, the media continue to talk about London in contrast to the rest of England as if this were not the case – and in Scotland they talk about Labour being ahead of the Tories but largely ignore the much bigger gains made there by the Greens and LibDems. Only in left-run Wales did Labour make significant gains and outstrip other parties.
Starmer and his faction continue to be a disaster for Labour – and for a country that desperately needs real change but is rejecting the con-artists in red rosettes.
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