Breaking News DAILY MAIL COMMENT: A hammering, but PM must maintain the fight.

 

 

There’s no sugar-coating it. The local election results were a painful and profoundly dispiriting experience for the Conservatives. They expected a thumping, and they most certainly got one

More than 400 councillors were unseated, eight councils lost control, and a near-record hammering in the Blackpool South by-election demonstrated the Himalayan enormity of the mountain they must climb to prevent annihilation in the next general election.

 

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DAILY MAIL COMMENT: A thumping, but PM must keep up the fight

By Daily Mail Comment

23:18 BST 03 May 2024, updated 23:28 BST 03 May 2024

 

 

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There’s no sugar-coating it. The local election results were a painful and profoundly dispiriting experience for the Conservatives. They expected a thumping, and they most certainly got one.

 

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More than 400 councillors unseated, control of eight authorities lost and a near-record drubbing in the Blackpool South by-election showed the Himalayan scale of the mountain they must climb to avoid being wiped out in the general election.

 

Yes, there were crumbs of comfort. The hugely impressive Ben Houchen retained the Tees Valley mayoralty, and Labour failed to win Harlow council in Essex, contrary to expectations.

But these victories had a distinctly pyrrhic feel. The overall message was that the Tories remain firmly in the electoral doghouse.

How quickly their fortunes have evaporated since the euphoria of Boris Johnson’s 2019 landslide and strong showing in local elections just three years ago thanks to the Covid vaccine miracle

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