Conservative Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s camp suffered a setback in the local elections in England

The first national election for the head of government, who took office in October, served as a real test ahead of the next legislative election scheduled for late 2024.

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British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in London, United Kingdom, May 5, 2023. (Daniel Leal / AFP)

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s British Conservatives suffered a crushing defeat in local elections in England ahead of the coronation of Charles III on Saturday 6 May. This is the first test at the ballot box for the government leader, who arrived in Downing Street in October, and the results have not been good yet. The Tories, who have been in power for 13 years, suffered significant defeats in traditional strongholds of the British right in a vote on Thursday to renew 8,000 seats on 230 municipal councils.

“It’s always disappointing for these hard-working Conservative councilors.”Rishi Sunak, on Sky News, repeated his promises nationally, whether on the economy, health or the fight against illegal immigration, as the first results were announced in the early hours of the morning.

More than 1,000 elected officials lost to the Conservatives

The BBC reports that the Conservatives have lost more than 1,000 elected officials after 219 votes were counted in 230 local councils at stake this year. Although Labor won 513 seats, it was not only benefiting from the majority’s distrust. The Liberal Democrats (centrists) recorded a net gain of 409 seats, while the Green Party Environmentalists gained 238 seats.

The Labor Party, which hopes to bring its leader Keir Starmer into Downing Street after the next general elections due by the end of next year, won, for example, the local council of the “capital” Stoke-on-Trent (North). Brexit and Dover, the Channel port, are traditionally on the right, with 69% voting to leave the European Union in 2016. “We’ve had fantastic results across the country.”Keir Starmer welcomed supporters in Medway (south-east), where Labor won a local council from the Tories.

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