Conservatives in the United Kingdom suffer historic losses in local elections – DW – 04/05/2024

Britain The Labor Party urged the Prime Minister Rishi Sunak He called for general elections after his ruling conservative party suffered heavy losses in the country’s local elections England.

The Conservatives lost about half the seats they contested. In return, Labor won councils that the party had not held for decades, regional mayorships, and a special election for the Blackpool South seat in Parliament.

Labor leader Keir Starmer said: “Here in Blackpool, a message has been sent directly to the Prime Minister.” Starmer added: “I sent this message directly to Rishi Sunak to say we are fed up with your regression, your chaos and your division and we want change.”

Sunak is defiant about his general election chances

Sunak has the power to make the decision History of the general electionsBut it must be held before January 28 of next year at the latest.

He struck a defiant tone after Governor Ben Houchen won re-election as mayor of the northern region of the Tees Valley.

“The general election is coming, [voters] “We will stay with us too,” Sunak said.

Conservative Party leader Richard Holden said it had been a “difficult night”.

Starmer said opinion polls showed a desire for changePhoto: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images

National polls show Labor has a 20 percentage point lead over the Conservatives on general election options.

According to the BBC, if the results were replicated in a national contest, preliminary figures suggest Labor would win 34 per cent of the vote, with the Conservatives trailing by nine points.

Sky News’ predictions for a general election using partial results would see Labor become the largest party but short of an overall majority.

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Results will continue to emerge over the weekend, including in a key mayoral contest in London, where Labour’s Sadiq Khan is hoping to win re-election.

Elsewhere, the centrist Liberal Democrats and the Green Party also made gains, as did the UK’s Reform Party, which is trying to appeal to Conservative voters on the right.

However, there appears to be no clear movement among the Conservatives to replace Sunak, which would not be possible at this stage in time to start an election campaign.

Sunak previously said he was looking forward to voting in “the second half of 2024”.

lo/msh (AFP, AP, Reuters)

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