LONDON – Labour’s woes increase

The Labour party faces a drubbing in May’s local elections as the leaderless opposition party’s woes intensify. Internal party documents suggest that the party, which elects a new leader on 4 April, faces losing 300 local councillors in “one of our worst local election performances in recent history”.

That could include the loss of the Yorkshire city of Sheffield, which has been held by the party for the last 75 years.

After Jeremy Corbyn’s party was heavily defeated in December’s general election, its poll ratings have continued to tumble as Boris Johnson’s government enjoys a post-Brexit bounce. Keir Starmer remains the front-runner to replace Corbyn but would have only weeks to campaign before the local polls. (Benjamin Fox |

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