LibDems Only Winners

After all the spin has been spun in the TV studios the only people who can really claim to have made progress, in terms of controlling councils, are the LibDems. In net terms they won control of four councils, Labour gained 77 seats, the Tories lost 33 seats and control of 2 councils. In the past opposition parties on the path to government have gained thousands of seats…

Momentum councillors in Haringey who replaced 3 moderate Labour councillors were all replaced by LibDems. The LibDems evidently stand to gain from left-of-centre voters worried about the hard-left. The Tories will be pleased that they suffered modest losses that still leave them well ahead of Labour near all time highs in terms of total council seats controlled:

Commentators are describing this as a stalemate. “Peak Corbyn” now follows “Peak May” into the pundit’s lexicon. Guido suspects that when the Tories change their leader, the public will shift decisively…




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Stephen Bush writing in the New Statesman‘s morning briefing…

“The terrifying truth is that the Opposition is too divided – within the parliamentary party, within the trades unions, within the Shadow Cabinet and even within the leader’s office – to be anything other than a veto player as far as Brexit goes, and the party’s whole gambit is really about trying to make that weakness look like a strength. Keir Starmer saying that Labour is “increasingly likely” to vote down the deal is simply a reflection of the fact that the one thing the Labour party will be able to agree on as far as Brexit goes is that Theresa May’s deal is no good.”

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