UK local elections 2022 – live: Tories may lose ‘hundreds’ of seats, says elections guru

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Boris Johnson ‘out of touch’ over cost of living crisis, says Keir Starmer

The Conservatives are on course to lose “hundreds” of seats, an elections guru warned ahead of polls opening across the UK today.

In an article for The IndependentSir John Curtice warned that the Conservatives were on course to suffer major losses in the first big test of public opinion since the Partygate scandal hit headlines.

Meanwhile, the leader of one grassroots Tory group told The Independent that anger about the No 10 parties, topped up by fears over rising living costs, pointed to the party’s supporters staying at home on Thursday.

“People most affected by lockdown – those who missed weddings and funerals – still consider it a scandalous disgrace, and now they are feeling the impact of higher taxes and energy costs as well,” said John Strafford, head of the Campaign for Conservative Democracy.

It follows claims from Angela Rayner that Tory election candidates are ashamed to be linked with the prime minister, by running as “local Conservatives” and pleading with voters not to “punish” them for the Partygate scandal.

“It speaks volumes that Boris Johnson’s own Conservative candidates are ashamed to be associated with him and trying to pull the wool over voters’ eyes,” Labor’s deputy leader said.

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UK and Japan set to agree ‘landmark’ new defense agreement

Boris Johnson will host the Japanese prime minister in London on Thursday as the two are set to agree to a “landmark” new defense agreement.

Fumio Kishida’s first official visit at the invitation of the government is due to be marked with a guard of honor and an RAF flypast over central London.

Emily Atkinson5 May 2022 03:30

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Watch: George Eustice says Tories have done ‘what we can’ for cost of living crisis

George Eustice says Tories have done ‘what we can’ for cost of living crisis

Emily Atkinson5 May 2022 02:30

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The latest round of local elections predictions are in…

The cost of living crisis and the Partygate scandal are expected to be the issues at the forefront of voters’ minds as they head to the polls in the morning – but how might they impact tomorrow’s outcome?

At it stands, Labor currently controls 67 councils to the Conservatives’ 46.

But according to most recent YouGov projections, as presented by SkyNews’ deputy political editor Sam CoatesLabor are on track to make potentially significant gains in London.

In the capital, Labor swing predictions include Wandsworth, Westminster and Barnet – areas described by the broadcaster’s sophie ridge as the “Conservative jewels.”

But the picture outside London looks much less promising for Labour, with little sign of progress at all in Labour’s former heartlands in the north of England.

The full video is available to watch here:

Emily Atkinson5 May 2022 01:30

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I was told my body parts got me the job, female former minister says

A Conservative former minister has said she was told soon after being appointed to the role that she had “only been given that job because of certain body parts” she had.

Caroline Nokes, chairwoman of the Women and Equalities Committee, said: “I can remember being told when I was a very new minister that I’d only been given that job because of certain body parts that I had – and that’s what people were saying to my face.

“Who knows what they were saying behind my back.”

Emily Atkinson5 May 2022 00:30

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Watch: Sadiq Khan says Grant Shapps ‘needs to grow up’ over Elizabeth Line announcement

Sadiq Khan says Grant Shapps ‘needs to grow up’ over Elizabeth Line announcement

Emily Atkinson4 May 2022 23:30

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Martin Lewis condemns minister’s ‘patronising’ advice to buy value food brands amid cost-of-living crisis

Environment secretary George Eustice said on Wednesday morning that shoppers should choose value brands in supermarkets to “contain and manage their household budget”.

Mr Lewis, the founder of MoneySavingExpert.com said it was “bulls**t” to suggest people on the lowest incomes did not already know to shop cheap and do that.

Speaking to Andrew Marr on LBC about Mr Eustice’s comments, he said: “What is wrong is the concept that the people that are on the lowest incomes who are choosing between whether they freeze or starve, don’t know that and don’t do that, that’s the bulls***.”

Emily Atkinson4 May 2022 22:30

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Screenshot claims to show Hartlepool council share purdah-breaking information

A screenshot of a Facebook post from Hartlepool Borough Council claims to share quotes from its returning officer, Denise McGuckin, openly announcing a new “flagship leisure development” and endorsing the Conservative Mayor, Ben Houchen.

The post contained in the screenshot appears to have been deleted from the council’s Facebook page.

The Independent has approached Hartlepool Borough Council for comment.

Emily Atkinson4 May 2022 21:31

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Opinion: How the local elections could make or break Boris Johnson

At first glance, the omens are not good for Boris Johnson. His party shows no sign of recovering the poll lead he enjoyed in this parliament until his probity and ethics became the subject of controversy. On average the Conservatives currently trail Labor by six points. That represents as much as a nine-point swing since the 2019 general election, writes John Curtice.

However, this week’s elections are very different from the general election. Most of the seats up for grabs in England were last fought over in May 2018, when Theresa May was trying to keep her fractious party together on Brexit, while Jeremy Corbyn was fending off claims of antisemitism.

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Press watchdog IPSO rejects all complaints about Angela Rayner Mail article after more than 6000 objections

The press watchdog has rejected all complaints about an article claiming Angela Rayner crossed and uncrossed her legs in the Commons in a bid to distract Boris Johnson.

Anonymous Tory MPs quoted in a Mail on Sunday article claimed the deputy Labor leader tried to knock the prime minister “off his stride” during Prime Minister’s Questions by “crossing and uncrossing her legs” in a supposed scenely reminiscent of the film Basic Instinct.

The article, headlined “Stone the crows! Tories accuse Rayner of Basic Instinct ploy to distract Boris”, sparked outrage across the political spectrum, with many branding it misogynistic.

My colleague Chiara Giordano reports:

Emily Atkinson4 May 2022 19:25

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Local elections 2022: When to expect the results

Millions of voters will head to the polls across the UK in a matter of hours, with local elections being held across England, Scotland and Wales.

In England there are over 4,300 seats being contested — including all London boroughs — while all of Scotland’s 32 councils and 22 Welsh councils are up for grabs.

They will coincide with Northern Ireland’s 2022 Assembly election, with voters deciding on 90 members, representing 18 constituencies, to send to Stormont.

here The Independent’s political correspondent Ashley Cowburn looks at the estimated timings for key declarations for the local elections.

Emily Atkinson4 May 2022 19:10

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