Labour could have done better in the local elections, but did not experience the total wipeout predicted – and hoped for – by the Tory gutter press.
People have frantically been messaging me on Twitter saying they now fear Labour’s chances on 8 June. My message has been – and continues to be – this:
People vote differently in local elections. They vote on local issues such as the performance of their local Councillors and the performance of their local authority (council). If a Councillor has a bad record or is of a local party with a bad record then people will vote them out. Likewise, if a council, ether it be led by a political party, coalition or no overall control, people will vote for change.
Local elections should be fought on local issues; a local election campaign should not be based on national issues – these should be part of a General Election campaign. But it is inevitable that when campaigning in local elections people will mention national issues, but the local campaign should be based on issues such as the effects Tory cuts are having on local services, schools and hospitals. Other local issues include housing and street maintenance.
Local candidates should explain how they will make a difference if elected; but they cannot tackle national issues such as immigration and the economy.
People vote differently in parliamentary elections and just because the Tories had a successfullocal election campaign, it does not mean they will win the General Election by landslide. Polling expert Professor John Curtice wrote an article about this yesterday. Theresa May has also told the Tories that the results of the local election should not be taken for granted.
Theresa May is right. The local election results should not be taken for granted.
If your community has been hit by Tory cuts or if you want an NHS that is fit for purpose then use your vote wisely on 8 June: vote Labour – and give your Tory MP their marching orders.
Finally, if you are not registered to vote you must do so by 22 May 2017 or you will not be able to vote on 8 June.