Results of early local elections in Britain are showing Boris Johnson’s Conservatives Party suffering early losses in a ballot held against the backdrop of Western sanctions against Russia fuelling inflation in the country resulting in the rise of the cost of living.
According to early results, the Conservative Party had lost 53 council seats, with the main opposition Labour Party gaining 1 seat and the Liberal Democrats gaining 27 seats.
The overall tally, scheduled to come online later today, will offer the most important snapshot of public opinion since Johnson won the Conservative Party’s biggest majority in more than 30 years in the 2019 general election.
This election is the first electoral test for Johnson since he became the first British leader in living memory to have broken the law while being in office. Last month, he was fined for attending a birthday gathering in his office in 2020, in contravention to social distancing rules which were then in place to curb the spread of COVID-19.
“These results are confirming that the Conservatives have suffered something of a rebuff from the electorate,” said John Curtice, a professor of politics at the University of Strathclyde.
The election will decide almost 7,000 council seats, including those in London, Scotland and Wales, as well as a third of the seats in the rest of England.
Going by partial results, Johnson’s party could very likely lose control of Wandsworth borough, its flagship council in London.