Preliminary results of UK local elections showed that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party suffered losses in the poll, which was held against the backdrop of the cost of living crisis and fines imposed on the prime minister for violating closing rules. imposed to fight the Corona virus.
According to preliminary results, the Conservative Party lost 53 seats in local councils. The main opposition Labor party won one seat and the Liberal Democrats 27 seats.
The tally, scheduled for Friday, will provide the most important public picture since Johnson won the largest Conservative party majority. in more than 30 years in the 2019 general election.
Local suffrage is the first test Johnson’s election since he became the first British leader in living memory to break the law while he was in load. He was fined last month for attending a birthday meeting at his office in 2020, in violation of the rules of social distancing in force at the time to limit the spread of COVID-19.
“These results confirm that conservatives have experienced some degree of voter rejection,” said John Curtis, professor of political science at Strathclyde University.
Thursday’s elections will decide nearly 7,000 local council seats, including all seats in London, Scotland and Wales, and a third of seats in most of the rest of England.
The results have not been fully published in the 32 much-followed London boroughs, but some preliminary statistics showed that Labor was gaining in some areas of the capital.
The results showed that Johnson’s party lost control of its main London stronghold in the Wandsworth region for the first time since 1978.
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