Local elections 2022: From Bury to Westminster – the 5 fundamental results to watch for

On Thursday, May 5, residents from all four nations that make up the UK will have the opportunity to revamp their local councils and authorities. Analysts are waiting to see how recent events in Westminster could impact electoral support for the Conservative Party while Northern Ireland is predicted to end up with a new-look Government.

1) Wandsworth and Westminster

Heading into the election, both of the London councils are controlled by the Tories, but the Labour Party is expected to test their resolve considerably.

Though Westminster has never been held by any party other than the Tories there are concerns the ongoing “partygate” scandal could lead to a changing of the guard.

In the previous local election, Labour won more votes in Wandsworth than their rivals but fell short in terms of seats handing power to the Tories.

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5) Bolton

In 2019, Labour lost overall control of Bolton Council, relinquishing authority to a Tory minority administration ever since.

Two years later, the margin between the Tories and Labour was narrowed to only three seats, with the former holding 21 out of 60 seats compared with Labour’s 18.

Like Bury, residents here voted in two Tory MPs during the last general election, setting up a tight showdown between the two parties on May 5.

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