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Local elections: Tory excitement overdone, but Labour with little hope

If these figures were replicated at a general election then the Conservatives would win around 338 seats

By Stephen Fisher  

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By the normal standards of these things, the results of yesterday’s local elections were excellent for the Conservatives—the basic point made here by Chris Hanretty.

At the time of writing they have made net seat gains of 304 in England, 121 in Scotland and 77 in Wales. Labour has so far suffered net losses of seats in all three countries. As the principal opposition party it should be making gains. It has now become the first opposition party to lose seats two years in a…

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