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Disobedient Boris savages Keir Starmer over Labor’s inability to break ‘Red Wall’ as he excuses London nearby political race bloodbath as a ‘extreme evening’ and faults ‘Coronavirus post-quake tremors’ as opposed to Partygate

Disobedient Boris savages Keir Starmer over Labor's inability to break 'Red Wall' as he excuses London nearby political race bloodbath as a 'extreme evening' and faults 'Coronavirus post-quake tremors' as opposed to Partygate

Disobedient Boris savages Keir Starmer over Labor’s inability to break ‘Red Wall’ as he excuses London nearby political race bloodbath as a ‘extreme evening’ and faults ‘Coronavirus post-quake tremors’ as opposed to Partygate

Neighborhood Tory pioneers enduring voting station beating are turning on Boris Johnson and approaching MPs to make a move
Conservatives have lost leader Wandsworth and Westminster board in London and furthermore surrender Southampton
In any case, results up to this point have not been pretty much as whole-world destroying as dreaded and Labor has not turned in a heavenly execution
The Cabinet are set to lift up Boris Johnson as the ‘right pioneer’ to guide Britain after the neighborhood races
Clergymen will hit the wireless transmissions to contend he ought to remain on as PM – regardless of how awful the survey results are
The PM purportedly told helpers in front of voting form papers being counted: ‘We will get our a*** kicked’
Disobedient Boris Johnson dismissed requests to stop from incensed Tories today as the party experienced a nearby political race bloodbath in London – however Keir Starmer neglected to take enormous steps towards power.

After a mission overwhelmed by scum and Partygate, the Conservatives lost the tribal fortresses of Wandsworth and Westminster – which they have held starting around 1978 and 1964 individually – to Labor.

Work additionally held onto Barnet and Southampton, while West Oxfordshire and Worcester went to no general control.
As counting proceeds, outraged neighborhood pioneers have proactively been turning on the PM, requesting Mr Johnson to ‘examine the mirror’ and consider whether he ought to remain.

However, addressing writers in Uxbridge, Mr Johnson focused on that the outcomes were ‘blended’ and not quite so prophetically catastrophic as some had anticipated.

He proposed that ‘Corona-virus consequential convulsions’ were mostly to fault for the kickback, contending that the exhibition in the Red Wall had been far more splendid.

Inquired as to whether he got a sense of ownership with the outcomes, Mr Johnson said: ‘obviously.’

He added:

‘It is mid-term. It’s absolutely a blended arrangement of results.

‘We had an extreme night in certain pieces of the nation yet then again in different pieces of the country you are as yet seeing Conservatives going ahead and making very exceptional increases in places that haven’t casted a ballot Conservative for quite a while, if at any point.’

Casting a ballot master John Curtice said Labor actually doesn’t examine a situation to win a greater part at the following general political race.

He brought up that the party’s vote shows up somewhat down beyond London contrasted with the last time the seats were challenged in 2018 – and critically it didn’t make enormous advances in purported Red Wall regions like Hartelpool and Dudley.

Sir Keir visited Barnet toward the beginning of today and asserted his party was ‘in the groove again’ after the Corbyn period, yet the left-wing effort bunch Momentum spurred that the figures were ‘unmistakably disappointing’ and had ‘gone in reverse’.

No10 insiders agreed that Sir Keir couldn’t ‘fantasy about’ being chief in light of this appearance.

The Downing Street source additionally conveyed an unmistakable message to would-be initiative adversaries, telling MailOnline it is ‘difficult to envision some other Conservative pioneer showing improvement over this’.

The greatest champs from the nearby decisions have been the Lib Dems and the Greens, who have been taking seats off both principal parties.
The Tories are in line to lose somewhere in the range of 200 and 300 councilors – a horrid cost however far lower than the 800 some had dreaded.

A few senior Conservatives cautioned that Mr Johnson had been the key issue on the doorstep, and priests are restless. ‘There is not kidding anxiety. They realize that Boris was the issue,’ one veteran campaigner told MailOnline. ‘It wasn’t arrangements, in spite of the typical cost for many everyday items emergency.’

In any case, MPs have been moderately muffled in their public analysis of Mr Johnson. Veteran backbencher Roger Gale, a drawn out adversary of the PM, demanded he ought to stop, while previous priest Stephen Hammond said he should ‘demonstrate his trustworthiness to the nation once more’ and others required a ‘reset’ of the public authority.

Bureau clergymen united behind today, with Tory executive Oliver Dowden accusing a mid-term reaction from electors and demanding the PM is the ideal individual to lead into the following general political race.

The PM was supposed to be cynical about his party’s possibilities keeping away from a drubbing before the counts started, with the BBC detailing he told assistants: ‘We will get our a*** kicked this evening.’

In any case, he was bullish on a visit to a school today, saying citizens had made an impression on priests to focus on the issues that make a difference to them.

‘The huge example from this is that this is a message from citizens that what they believe we should do most importantly – one, two and three – is center around the large issues that make a difference to them, taking the nation forward, ensuring we fix the post-Covid consequential convulsion, help every one of us through the monetary delayed repercussions in the manner we got past Covid, fix the energy supply issues, that is where the inflationary spike is coming, and continue onward with our plan of high pay, high ability occupations,’ he said.

He added: ‘That is the very thing that we are centered around.’

Sir Keir’s party lost Kingston upon Hull City Council to the resurgent Liberal Democrats, who seemed, by all accounts, to be the early champs and were making gains the nation over.

The Lib Dems are additionally ‘almost 100% sure’ that the Tories will fail to keep a grip on West Oxfordshire – which incorporates ex-head of the state David Cameron’s previous seat Witney.

It was a comparable story for the Green Party who worked on tive and Labor seats in England.

Number 10 had dreaded for a really long time that a horrid arrangement of nearby political decision results would start a Tory upset endeavor following the Party-gate embarrassment.

Number 10 had feared for weeks that a dismal set of local election results would spark a Tory coup attempt in the wake of the Party-gate scandal.

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Dowden backs Boris but says ‘considerable mistakes’ made in No 10
Keir Starmer visited Barnet this morning (pictured) and claimed his party was ‘back on track’, but No10 insiders jibed that he could not even ‘dream’ of being premier based on this showing
Boris Johnson (pictured on a visit to a school in South Ruislip this morning) reportedly told aides ahead of ballot papers being counted: 'We are going to get our a*** kicked'

Boris Johnson (pictured on a visit to a school in South Ruislip this morning) reportedly told aides ahead of ballot papers being counted: ‘We are going to get our a*** kicked’
Local elections ballot papers are sorted and verified at the Utilita Arena in Birmingham today

Local elections ballot papers are sorted and verified at the Utilita Arena in Birmingham today

The Tories also lost Westminster council in London, which the party had held since 1964
The Tory loss of Wandsworth is a seismic result, as the London borough was famously Margaret Thatcher's favourite and has been a flagship Conservative council for decades

The Tory loss of Wandsworth is a seismic result, as the London borough was famously Margaret Thatcher’s favourite and has been a flagship Conservative council for decades

The Lib Dems and Greens are emerging as the biggest winners from the local elections today after voters shunned the main parties.

Both the Tories and Labour suffered disappointing results, with Boris Johnson enduring a bloodbath in London while Keir Starmer’s progress across England was underwhelming.

But the Lib Dems have added more than 50 councillors to their tally and seized control of Kingston-Upon-Hull authority from Labour. They made inroads against the Conservatives in West Oxfordshire and Stockport.

For their part, the Greens have racked up an extra 20-plus seats.

Election guru John Curtice said the Lib Dems were ‘the surprise of tonight’. ‘In terms of share of the vote, the progress is relatively modest, but they might just be hoping they are finally demonstrating some recovery from the 2015 general election,’ he told the BBC.

Lib Dem leader Ed Davey said: ‘There is now a real picture emerging across the country, particularly in areas held by the Conservatives, that the Lib Dems are the real challengers.’

He told Sky News the PM ‘must shoulder an awful lot of the blame’ for a poor local elections performance and described how Party-gate and the cost-of-living crisis were key concerns of voters.

Mr Mallinson said there was a feeling among the public that ‘the Government are not in touch and, sadly I have to say, the PM cannot be relied upon to be telling the truth’.

He said Mr Johnson said Mr Johnson would be a ‘poor option’ to lead the Tories into the next election and he expected Sir Graham Brady, the chair of the powerful 1922 Committee, to receive more letters of no confidence in Mr Johnson from MPs.

The councillor added:

‘Whether it gets to 54 or not (the number of letters needed to trigger a confidence vote in the PM), I’m not sure. But I rather feel that’s they way it’s going.’

Simon Bosher, the Conservative group leader on Portsmouth City Council, said: ‘Those in power in Westminster really do need to take a good hard look in the mirror.

‘Because it’s the rank-and-file grassroots members who they rely on who are actually losing their seats tonight.’

He also called on the PM to reflect on the Tories’ local election performance as he hit out at ‘too many mistakes, too many mismanaged situations’ from the party’s leadership.

Barnet Conservative leader Daniel Thomas said Labour’s victory in the London borough ‘does not bode well’ for the Tories ahead of the next general election.

‘I think this is a warning shot from Conservative supporters and I think our loss today is not only due to the fact that I have just mentioned but also a fair number of Conservative voters who just didn’t go out to vote, stayed at home,’

he said.

‘Clearly if Labour are to get a majority in Parliament they need to win Barnet. They won the council, if they win our parliamentary constituencies as well.’

Marc Bayliss, the Tory leader of Worcester City Council, told reporters he was heading home early from the election count and is anticipating a disastrous night for his party.

Mr Bayliss blamed Partygate and said the public had found the Government’s performance ‘wanting’.

His comments were echoed by the leader of the Conservatives on Sunderland Council, Antony Mullen, who called for Boris Johnson to step down.

He told the BBC: ‘It’s been Partygate – it’s suppressed our turnout. Quite clearly that’s the only thing that has changed nationally that has affected this.

‘The best chance of reviving the Conservative Party’s fortunes will be with a new leader. If there is no improvement in the party’s reputation, then clearly something has to change.’

London Mayor Sadiq Khan joins Labour celebrations in Wandsworth where the party took the council off the Conservatives for the first time in more than 40 years

London Mayor Sadiq Khan joins Labour celebrations in Wandsworth where the party took the council off the Conservatives for the first time in more than 40 years
SNP activists celebrate keeping control of the council in Glasgow at the local election count today

SNP activists celebrate keeping control of the council in Glasgow at the local election count today
Labour's Graeme Miller, the leader of Sunderland City Council, celebrates as his party retained control

Labour’s Graeme Miller, the leader of Sunderland City Council, celebrates as his party retained control

Sinn Fein on course to be the biggest party in Northern Ireland

Sinn Fein are on course to become the largest party in Northern Ireland for the first time as counting in the Stormont election gets underway today.

The republicans are forecast to overtake the Democratic Unionist Party in the Northern Ireland Assembly, in what would be a symbolic result.

But it is also likely to lead to more political gridlock at the assembly, which was collapsed by the DUP in February as it seeks to overturn Boris Johnson’s Brexit agreement.

Neither Sir Jeffrey Donaldson’s party or the Ulster Unionists have yet agreed to join a power-sharing executive in which Sinn Fein would be able to nominate the First Minister.

They have argued that a win for Sinn Fein would lead to a referendum on Irish reunification. But Sinn Fein has run its campaign on the cost-of-living crisis.

A unionist party has always been the biggest in the Assembly, and previously the Stormont Parliament, since the formation of the state in 1921.

Last night initial indications showed that turnout was 54 per cent, down from 64.8 per cent at the previous election in 2017.

The first of the 90 MLAs are expected to be returned this afternoon but the counting is set to continue into the early hours of tomorrow.

Boris Johnson this morning said ‘the most important thing is that we continue to support the balance of the Good Friday Agreement across all communities in Northern Ireland’.

Barry Rawlings told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘I’ll be honest, it’s not us being wonderful.

‘I think a lot of Conservatives haven’t voted this time, I think they feel alienated from No 10 and that they are, I don’t know, they’ve been disappointed with Boris Johnson and so not voting and I think that’s made a difference as well.’

Wimbledon MP Mr Hammond told the BBC that the results were ‘a clarion bell ringing in Downing Street to make sure we are concentrating on the cost of living’  and Mr Johnson needed to restore his reputation after Partygate.

‘I think he has to prove that his government is concentrating on what people really want,’

he said.

‘I think he has to prove his integrity to the country again.’

Mr Hammond also urged the PM to bring ‘talents back into the government’.

‘Any government that doesn’t have people like Greg Clark and Jeremy Hunt clearly isn’t using all the talents available to it,’

he added.

Conservative MP David Simmonds said Mr Johnson had some ‘difficult questions’ to answer.

The MP for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner said voters were unhappy about the disclosures over lockdown parties in Downing Street and Whitehall.

He said the Conservative Party must show it has ‘got the message’ from voters that they are ‘dissatisfied with elements of what they’re seeing’, and that this is about ‘individual conduct and attitude’ rather than policy.

‘The frustration is that on the doorsteps people were very positive about what local councils had been doing, and by and large they were quite positive about Government policy,’

he said.

‘But the issue of party-gate kept coming up as a reason why many Conservative supporters were staying at home or were switching to a protest vote this time – and that seems to be reflected in the results, in that no other party got a ringing endorsement, but there was definitely a sense of a move away.

‘It’s just very, very clear that although there are these things like the cost of living that are worrying people a little bit, that people would choose to vote for administrations in their town hall that will put up their council taxes when cost of living is a worry because they are so concerned about the Prime Minister’s personal conduct – and that’s the issue which needs to be addressed.’

Prof Curtice said the Tories looked on track to lose between 200 and 300 seats, but Labour were underperforming outside London. ‘Labour are probably somewhat disappointed,’ he told the BBC.

He added it is not a performance ‘that indicated a party that is on course for winning a general election with a majority’. Prof Curtice said it did not even suggest Labour would necessarily be the largest party in the next Parliament.

‘Outside of London, as compared to 2018 when these seats were last contested, it looks like their seats are down slightly,’ Prof Curtice said.

‘And for a party that is trying to regain ground in the so-called Red Wall seats in the Midlands and north of England, this wasn’t quite the progress they wanted.

‘There is still a very substantial legacy of the impact of Brexit on both the character of the Conservative and Labour supporters. The Conservatives are still much stronger in Leave areas, and therefore Labour is still struggling to make more progress there.’

Sir Keir travelled to Barnet to celebrate with supporters this morning and tried to put a brave face on the moderate results.

‘This is a big turning point for us. From the depths of 2019 in that general election, back on track, winning in the north. Cumberland! Southampton! We’ve changed Labour and now we’re seeing the results of that,’

he said.

He added: ‘What brilliant teams we’ve got, all the fantastic work we’ve put in.

‘When it comes to London, you can hardly believe those names come off our lips. Wandsworth! They’ve been saying for years ‘You’ll never take Wandsworth from us.’ We’ve just done it! Westminster! It’s an astonishing result.’

But Mish Rahman, a senior Momentum figure on Labour’s National Executive Committee, said: ‘From Partygate to the Tory cost-of-living crisis, these local elections were a golden opportunity for Labour.

‘We’re delighted by gains in London, where Momentum members played a key role on the ground and as candidates, but these first results from the rest of England are distinctly underwhelming.

‘While millions looked for an alternative to Tory ruin, they largely opted for the Lib Dems and Greens. Labour actually went backwards from Corbyn’s 2018 performance, a result which should bury Keir Starmer’s deeply flawed idea that punching left is a vote-winner.

‘Instead, we should look to places like Preston, where a Labour administration is delivering a radical economic alternative – and getting rewarded at the ballot box.’

Mr Dowden told Sky News: ‘I think looking at the picture of the results so far, they demonstrate that whilst there have been difficult results, they are consistent with what you’d expect with us from mid-term.

‘Labour are certainly not on the path to power and I believe that Boris Johnson does have the leadership skills, in particular the energy and the dynamism that we need during this difficult period of time.

‘So no, I don’t think we should remove Boris Johnson as our prime minister, I think we should stick with him.’

He also said: ‘There have been challenging headlines for the past few months, but I do think that set against all of that, those sort of challenges that you would expect after 12 years in office, these are challenging results, but we have have made progress in lots of places.’

Mr Dowden said there was a ‘mixed picture’ and there had been gains in places like Hartlepool, Nuneaton and Thurrock.

‘This isn’t like what Tony Blair got in say ’95 two years before his election victory, they were making 1,800 gains. If you look at Ed Miliband (he) managed to make 800 gains in 2011 and still not win the election,’ he added.

Tory sources played down the Labour showing, saying it was a ‘bad night’ for Sir Keir outside the capital.

‘They have gone backwards in places like Sunderland, Tyneside, Hartlepool, Nuneaton, Sandwell and Amber Valley, showing they are seriously underperforming in former Labour heartlands which they need to regain,’ one senior source said.

A No10 insider said they were ‘very sorry and sad for good Conservatives who lost their seats’ and it was

‘tragic to think the good people of Westminster and Wandsworth are now destined to pay higher taxes’.

‘But overall, across the UK the Conservatives have so far done better than expected,’

the source insisted. ‘Keir Starmer is clearly not making the progress he needs to even dream of being in government and it’s hard to imagine any other Conservative leader doing better than this.’

Allies of the PM are preparing a counter-offensive in case rebel Tories seek to use bruising results as an excuse to pounce.

Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis was the first Cabinet minister out in support of the PM last night, as he dismissed suggestions that a poor election result could pile pressure on Mr Johnson.

‘I absolutely think we can win the next general election and I do think Boris Johnson is the right person to lead us into that,’

he told Sky News.

‘He’s got those big decisions – through Covid and internationally with Ukraine and other areas – right since he’s been PM and he has my full support to continue to do that.’

But Mr Lewis also admitted it was set to be a ‘difficult set of elections’ for the Tories.

‘We came into these elections with Labour having a consistent lead in the polls,’ he added.

‘It’s the elections where the particular seats and councils up for election are the ones that tend to favour Labour.’

Millions of voters cast their ballots on Thursday as council seats in large swathes of the country were up for grabs.

In England more than 4,000 council seats were contested across 146 councils including in Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham and all 32 London boroughs.

All 32 councils in Scotland and all 22 in Wales also held elections.

Polls had suggested the Conservatives could do badly in the so-called Blue Wall, their traditional heartlands in southern England.

But most telling will be whether the party manages to prevent Labour making a significant comeback in the Red Wall areas, which switched from red to blue for the first time at the 2019 general election.

Early results were not overwhelmingly convincing for Labour, with the party losing control of Kingston upon Hull city council to the Liberal Democrats.

The Tory loss of Wandsworth was a seismic result, as the London borough was famously Margaret Thatcher’s favourite and had been a flagship Conservative council for more than 40 years.

Conservatives celebrate in Peterborough, where they maintained their grip on the local authority

Conservatives celebrate in Peterborough, where they maintained their grip on the local authority

‘Margaret Thatcher, John Major, William Hague, Iain Duncan Smith, Michael Howard, David Cameron, Theresa May – at all those times this was a Conservative council.

‘But the combination of Boris Johnson as the Conservative Prime Minister and Keir Starmer as our leader has brought this seat home to Labour.’

A Labour source said: ‘Boris Johnson losing Wandsworth is monumental. This was the Tories’ jewel in the crown.

‘Voters in Wandsworth have put their trust in the change Keir Starmer’s Labour represents.’

Shadow health minister Rosena Allin-Khan, the Tooting MP, claimed that ‘people are absolutely fed up of 44 years of Tory governance in Wandsworth, and they are fed up Boris Johnson’s lies and deceit and it is time for change’.

Her fellow shadow minister, Tulip Siddiq, had earlier highlighted Labour’s holding of Sunderland City Council as an early success for her party as council election results started to come.

She claimed the Tories had ‘thrown the kitchen sink at it’ and highlighted how the PM had visited the area on Monday.

Sir Keir had sought to make the local elections campaign about the Partygate row after Mr Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak were fined by police.

But this appeared to backfire in recent days as he struggled to answer questions about a lock-down gathering in Durham last year when he was pictured swigging beer.

The PM yesterday appeared to be in good spirits as he arrived to cast his vote in Westminster accompanied by his dog Dilyn.

Sir Keir voted in Kentish Town, north London, while Sir Ed Davey voted in Surbiton, south-west London.

The Liberal Democrats leader said the Conservatives would be punished in the local elections for their handling of the cost of living crisis.

Sir Ed expressed confidence his party would ‘gain ground in areas across the Blue Wall where voters are fed up of being taken for granted by the Conservatives’.

Mr Johnson will attempt to get back on the front foot next Tuesday as his Government’s legislative agenda is set out in the Queen’s Speech.

The PM is expected to delay a reshuffle of his Cabinet until the summer as it is believed he wants to be clear of the Partygate scandal before resetting his team.

But yesterday there was speculation he could call a snap general election before the end of this year over fears the economic picture could get much worse.

Millions of voters cast their ballots as council seats in large swathes of the country were up for grabs

Millions of voters cast their ballots as council seats in large swathes of the country were up for grabs
The PM is expected to delay a reshuffle of his Cabinet until the summer as it is believed he wants to be clear of the Partygate scandal before resetting his team

The PM is expected to delay a reshuffle of his Cabinet until the summer as it is believed he wants to be clear of the Partygate scandal before resetting his team

The ex-No10 adviser made a sensational polling day plea for voters to force ‘regime change’ as he launched a blistering attack on the ‘intellectually, politically, and organizationally rancid’ Tories.

Referring to Mr Johnson as ‘the trolley’ and a ‘clown’ in a Twitter tirade, Mr Cummings claimed it was ‘irrational’ for Tories to ‘prop up’ the PM any more.

Although the first results in England began to arrive last night, counting in council elections in Wales and Scotland was not due to begin until 9am today.

The Scottish Tories are braced for ‘heavy losses’ and expected to suffer their worst election result in Scotland in at least a decade.

There are concerns Conservative supporters in Scotland failed to turn out due to anger at the PM and Downing Street parties.

A senior Scottish Tory source said: ‘The phones have been bad, very bad.

‘It looks like we are going to suffer fairly heavy losses and we fully expect to finish third.

‘Tory voters are not going to Labour, but a lot of them are staying at home because of Boris and Partygate.

‘We expect it to be a poor election for us, our worst election in a decade or more.’

However, despite the expectation of a gloomy result, Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross was ready to insist he will not stand down.

A source close to Mr Ross said: ‘Douglas is going nowhere, he is definitely not resigning. Voters have sent a message to Boris, not Douglas.

‘He is fully focused on the long term job here: the next Westminster and Scottish Parliament elections.’

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