Labour Forecast To Lose 125 Seats In Local Elections, While SNP, Tories And Lib Dems Gain

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Labour Forecast To Lose 125 Seats In Local Elections, While SNP, Tories And Lib Dems Gain

Post by Guest on Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:03 pm

Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party is on course to lose 125 seats in the local council elections in May, a new forecast has claimed. Pollster Robert Hayward said that Labour was facing a “cataclysmic” defeat in Scotland, where it could lose control of both Edinburgh and Glasgow councils. But while the SNP will score well, the Tories and Lib Dems are also projected to make 100 gains each too in the May 4 elections across England, Scotland and Wales.

And UKIP are expected to lose between 80 and 90 seats, with their main losses taking place in England, as the party continues its post-Brexit demise in the wake of the loss of Nigel Farage as its leader. Hayward, a former Tory MP who is now a peer, said that Labour is likely to lose control of Derbyshire County Council and may fall behind the Conservatives in Lancashire and and Nottinghamshire County Councils. All three are significant as they contain crucial marginal seats needed to win a Westminster general election.

The electoral map up for grabs on May 4.

Across England, the Tories were likely to make gains from Ukip in East Sussex, Norfolk and Lincolnshire.
The Lib Dems are set to do well in Gloucestershire and could regain overall control of Cornwall and Somerset, further proof of their “fightback” in the West Country and elswhere.
On the basis of his vote projections nationwide, Theresa May would be on course for a majority of more than 100 if she called a snap election, Hayward said.
Of the councils being contested, Labour is only certain to maintain control of Durham.
Hayward told HuffPost UK that Labour is on course to lose control of Glasgow to the SNP and drop from first to third place in Edinburgh in vote share. The party could also lose its small majority in Cardiff.
He added that while Labour would be buoyed by expected victories in the new Metro Mayor elections in Manchester and Liverpool, if it lost the West Midlands contest “that would be a very good night for the Tories”.


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