The parties are already spinning and downplaying expectations. Electoral Calculus is a more neutral source and they polled residents of the 201 district and unitary councils up for election, whether and how they intended to vote on today. The poll of 2,148 adults was conducted between 27-28 April and was used to produce a dynamic MRP prediction of the local elections. This is the now fashionable technique that has been used with some success after a rocky Brexit period for pollsters.
Electoral Calculus are forecasting
The net result Electoral Calculus predicts is Labour gaining 819 seats and the Tories losing 548 seats. To be honest, the Tories will accept that as normal mid-term losses. What they won’t be happy with is the loss of control of councils, expected to include Barnet, Basildon, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Southampton, Thurrock, Wandsworth and Westminster. The loss of the latter two flagship councils will have an effect on the psyche of Tory MPs. Guido is reluctant to make any predictions, aside a gut suspicion that Ed Davey will not make as much progress as he wants. The LibDems just don’t seem to be making a national impact…
*Graphic for England and Wales only.