LOCAL ELECTIONS 2021 – THE WINNERS AND LOSERS (PART 5)
ENGLAND LOCAL COUNCILS
In stark contrast to the party’s performance in the mayoral elections and in Wales, Labour’s losses at the local council elections in England have thrown the party into turmoil.
Leader Sir Keir Starmer sacked Angela Rayner from her role as party chair after announcing he was “bitterly disappointed” with the results, and he will be reshuffling his shadow cabinet team on Sunday.
Ms Rayner’s sacking sparked criticism from Labour’s left, including former shadow chancellor John McDonnell, while previous leader Mr Corbyn suggested Sir Keir’s Labour Party was “offering nothing” to voters.
The party’s losses included Southampton City Council.
In an unprecedented move for a party in power for more than a decade, the Tories had 12 net council gains in England and more than 280 seats.
Many of the party’s wins in England were snatched from Labour – which made a net loss of six councils and more than 220 seats – including Amber Valley, Harlow and Southampton.
The Conservatives also took control of some councils such as Cannock Chase for the first time.
Labour did make some gains – including Geoff Saul narrowly winning a county council seat from the Conservatives in Chipping Norton, in the affluent Cotswold area where former prime minister David Cameron lives.
The Liberal Democrats also gained one seat compared with the last elections after taking control of St Albans, with party leader Sir Ed Davey set to make an appearance in the Hertfordshire town to celebrate.