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Stop reducing the concil elections to a prediction mechanism—local politics can change lives

Local elections are no longer the predictor they once were. So let's stop using them as a general election barometer—and realise that local politics matters for its own sake

By Eve Livingston  

Depending on who you’ve been listening to since polling closed, yesterday’s local election results can be comfortably placed anywhere on a scale from Jeremy Corbyn’s immediate resignation to an outright loss for the Conservatives in the next general election—quite an achievement for a set of results which show, ultimately, nothing very much has changed.

It is precisely because the results of local elections can be spun as anything for anyone that, on a national level,…

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