Comment: As the local elections approach, the Tories ignore London at their peril

4/27/2022 7:04:00 PM

Our exclusive poll today reveals that Labour has built up a 27-point lead over the Tories in the capital ahead of next week’s local elections.

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Evening Standard Comment: Not only skyrocketing rents in the city but a general sense that the Government isn’t much interested in London outside of the context of levelling-up the rest of the country

Our exclusive poll today reveals that Labour has built up a 27-point lead over the Tories in the capital ahead of next week’s local elections .

Labour lead represents a five-point improvement on 2018, the last time these seats were contested.27 April 2022 A t least the weather has been decent./ ES The findings came as the political parties are rapidly ramping up their campaigning with just days to go before polling day, with many people already sending back their postal votes.By.

The reasons for this state of affairs are well-trodden: the Conservatives are presiding over a cost of living crisis, while the partygate scandal is dragging down local candidates. But there is a particular capital angle. An exclusive YouGov poll in today’s Standard reveals that Labour is on course to take 50 per cent of the vote in London , more than double the Conservatives on 23 per cent. Not only skyrocketing rents in the city but a general sense that the Government isn’t much interested in London outside of the context of levelling-up the rest of the country, which all too often appears to mean levelling-down the capital. The difference is predominantly due to backing for the Tories going down from 29 per cent to 23 per cent, with Labour almost unchanged from 51 per cent four years ago, as are the Lib-Dems who were on 11 per cent. It is not unalloyed good news for Labour. It does not take an Eton education to understand why. Its growing poll lead can be attributed largely to a fall in support for the Conservatives, rather than to widespread Labour advances.

And Starmer will be keenly aware that his party must make gains nationwide to win the next general election. Londoners meanwhile also face eye-watering rent rises amid an historic supply squeeze as well as a Prime Minister that rather gives the impression of having no interest in the city, save for running down its transport network and briefing against its mayor. People often vote for different parties at national and local elections, however the percentage of Lib-Dems intending to back Labour is around three times higher than in 2018, when referring back to the 2017 General Election. Local issues still matter of course, and it is far from certain how individual councils will go, but the message to the Government is likely to be loud and clear: ignore London at your peril. Register for free to continue reading Sign up for exclusive newsletters, comment on stories, enter competitions and attend events. Thanks to their already weak position in the capital, the reality is there’s only so far they have left to fall. ALREADY HAVE AN ACCOUNT? . In Outer London boroughs, Labour was on 42 per cent, the Conservatives 29 per cent, Lib-Dems 13 per cent, and Greens eight per cent.

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Labour lead represents a five-point improvement on 2018, the last time these seats were contested.27 April 2022 A t least the weather has been decent./ ES The findings came as the political parties are rapidly ramping up their campaigning with just days to go before polling day, with many people already sending back their postal votes.By.

The reasons for this state of affairs are well-trodden: the Conservatives are presiding over a cost of living crisis, while the partygate scandal is dragging down local candidates. But there is a particular capital angle. An exclusive YouGov poll in today’s Standard reveals that Labour is on course to take 50 per cent of the vote in London , more than double the Conservatives on 23 per cent. Not only skyrocketing rents in the city but a general sense that the Government isn’t much interested in London outside of the context of levelling-up the rest of the country, which all too often appears to mean levelling-down the capital. The difference is predominantly due to backing for the Tories going down from 29 per cent to 23 per cent, with Labour almost unchanged from 51 per cent four years ago, as are the Lib-Dems who were on 11 per cent. It is not unalloyed good news for Labour. It does not take an Eton education to understand why. Its growing poll lead can be attributed largely to a fall in support for the Conservatives, rather than to widespread Labour advances.

And Starmer will be keenly aware that his party must make gains nationwide to win the next general election. Londoners meanwhile also face eye-watering rent rises amid an historic supply squeeze as well as a Prime Minister that rather gives the impression of having no interest in the city, save for running down its transport network and briefing against its mayor. People often vote for different parties at national and local elections, however the percentage of Lib-Dems intending to back Labour is around three times higher than in 2018, when referring back to the 2017 General Election. Local issues still matter of course, and it is far from certain how individual councils will go, but the message to the Government is likely to be loud and clear: ignore London at your peril. Register for free to continue reading Sign up for exclusive newsletters, comment on stories, enter competitions and attend events. Thanks to their already weak position in the capital, the reality is there’s only so far they have left to fall. ALREADY HAVE AN ACCOUNT? . In Outer London boroughs, Labour was on 42 per cent, the Conservatives 29 per cent, Lib-Dems 13 per cent, and Greens eight per cent.