Local election 2021 RESULTS LIVE – Starmer admits ‘we’ve lost trust of working people’ as Tories tear down Labour wall
A CLEARLY rattled Keir says he will take “full responsibility” for the “bitterly disappointing” results for Labour today.
He says that too often the party has been talking to themselves – and vowed to do whatever is necessary to change the party’s prospects.
Meanwhile, Nicola Sturgeon has retained her seat in Glasgow Southside, meaning the SNP hold the constituency.
BORIS Johnson has hailed the local election results as “encouraging” but warned it’s still early days yet – with hundreds of results yet to come in.
The PM has been out and about in Hartlepool this afternoon to meet with their new MP, the first Tory to hold the seat since it was created.
The PM’s stunning by-election victory further demonstrated the redrawing of Britain’s political map, heaping pressure on Labour boss, Sir Keir Starmer.
Tory Jill Mortimer romped home in the North East town, winning it for the first time in more than 50 years with a massive 6,940 majority.
The PM’s party has also made huge gains in key council areas, including Harlow in Essex and Nuneaton and Bedworth, in Warwickshire.
After the humilitation, Labour’s Sir Keir Starmer is facing growing questions about his leadership and grumblings from across the party.
Left-wing vultures are circling after he lost Hartlepool to the Tories and also suffered a number of setbacks in local council races.
Allies of the former high-flying lawyer, who only took the reins in April last year are bullish and insist he isn’t considering standing down.
But there are growing questions over his strategy and MPs on the left who were loyal to ex chief Jeremy Corbyn are growing restless.
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