UK Local Elections

++ The local elections are not the much-vaunted bellwether of national opinion that the media might hope they are. But a combination of low turnout, favourable baseline comparisons and redrawn boundaries will ensure they contain enough nuggets to please both Boris-backers and Boris-sackers. ++

  1. The Baseline: 2018 vs 2022

Most of the seats up for grabs on Thursday were last contested in 2018. Back then, Jeremy Corbyn was facing Theresa May and the two main parties were polling

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