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An historic local election performance for the Conservatives

The party has exceeded all expectations. How much does this tell us about 8th June?

By Chris Hanretty  

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Many (but not all) of the votes from yesterday’s local council elections have now been counted. The results have been very good for the Conservatives, and almost unremittingly bad for all other parties. How good was the Conservative party’s performance, and what does it mean for June’s general election?

The first point to note is that the Conservatives exceeded expectations. In April, Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher suggested, on the basis of council by-elections, that the Conservatives were on track to win 115 seats. At…

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