Kerry McCarthy Labour MP for Bristol East
As the local election results continue to trickle in across the country, it’s becoming more and more clear that people are fed up with Tory misrule and want a fresh start under Labour.
These local elections were fought on the same battlegrounds as the 2019 local elections, when the Tories did historically badly, and Theresa May resigned as PM shortly afterwards. Even from such a lowly start, the Tories are on course to lose hundreds more council seats, and control of flagship councils. Before polling day Tory HQ tried to spin predictions they’d lose 1000 seats: something spindoctors often do, in the hope that anything better than that will be seen as a success. At the time of posting this, they’ve lost 979 seats with 17 councils yet to declare…
Meanwhile, Labour has gained hundreds of seats, and taken control of councils in areas that will be crucial to winning the next general election, including: Medway, Gravesham, Dover and Thanet (all in Kent); so-called “Red Wall” places like Stoke-on-Trent and Mansfield; and fantastic victories in the South, in Plymouth, Brighton, and Swindon, where I spent election day campaigning with the other Bristol MPs.