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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Labour in dire straits - a pedant writes

The Financial Times reports that Labour strategists believe the party could lose control of all of Britain’s county councils at the local elections this summer for the first time since 1977. They say that losses on this scale would be a bitter blow to Gordon Brown and would be comparable to the Tory slump in 1993 when it was left with only one county council – Buckinghamshire.

Although this could well prove to be correct and will represent a new nadir for Gordon Brown it is worth pointing out that there are no council elections in Scotland and Wales in June and that if you take these two countries into account, then whatever happens, Labour will continue to control at least a handful of County Councils after people vote this year.

The correct assertion is that Labour could lose control of all of England's county councils this summer. I doubt if that will be of any comfort for No. 10 Downing Street.
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