What Boris Johnson and Keir Starmer hope to achieve in Thursday’s elections
The stakes for the Prime Minister and the leader of the Labour Party could not be higher as they face voters for the first time since the general election.
The stakes for the Prime Minister and Labour leader could not be higher in Thursday’s elections across the United Kingdom, which will be the first major test of public opinion since the last general election.
As the country emerges from the pandemic, the Conservatives will be desperate to convert their strong poll ratings into real votes in real ballot boxes on 6 May.
The party would open the Champagne if it won the parliamentary by-election in Hartlepool, which has been loyal to Labour for half a century.
It is also keen to keep the mayoralties of the West Midlands and Tees Valley, which Andy Street and Ben Houchen won against the odds in 2017, signaling the party’s electoral appeal in previously Labour strongholds.
These battles will be mirrored in councils across the Midlands and North of England, such as Dudley, Bolton, Bury, and Trafford, where the Conservatives are aiming to wrest control from Labour or gain no overall control, as well as the county councils of Nottinghamshire and Oxfordshire, where the Conservatives are the largest party but lack a majority.
Mr Johnson’s ambitions in Scottish Parliament elections are much more limited, and he will be relieved if the Tories repeat their 2016 performance, when they came in second place to the SNP with more than 20% of the vote.
As Prime Minister, he’ll be hoping that pro-independence MSPs fall short of an overall majority, averting a showdown between Downing Street and Edinburgh over independence demands.
The Conservatives will also be eager to beat Plaid Cymru to the second most seats in the Welsh Senedd.
After a promising start, the Labour Party leader has seen both his party’s and his personal poll ratings plummet this year.
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What Boris Johnson and Keir Starmer are hoping for in the upcoming elections
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Thursday’s elections: What Boris Johnson and Keir Starmer are hoping for