It expects to shed seats to new leader Sir Keir Starmer as governments traditionally drop votes to the opposition in local polls. The Labour party leader has refused to commit to winning any new councillors on May 6. A Tory source said: “Corbyn was in charge at the last local elections. If Starmer can’t make gains now he is in trouble. I think there is a lot of expectation management going on from Labour.”
Conservatives are keenly fighting to win the Hartlepool parliamentary seat up for grabs in a by-election triggered after Mike Hill resigned in March.
But the seat, last held by the Tories in 1959, was one of the few Labour clung onto in 2019 when neighbouring constituents switched from red to blue.
Key to securing victory is winning over the support from the 10,600 voters who backed the Brexit Party last time.
But Covid rules mean campaigners have been heavily restricted over the last few months, meaning the party has more limited information about voting intentions.
Campaigning was suspended nationally after the death of the Duke of Edinburgh as a mark of respect.
The official mourning period ends on Sunday when supporters from all parties are expected to hit the streets to make the most of the final few weeks before polling day
Millions will head out to cast their votes in local and mayoral elections for the first time since the pandemic on May 6.
Voters in Scotland and Wales are choosing new parliaments and police and crime commissioners are also up for election.
Polls were postponed at the height of the coronavirus crisis last year over fears for the safety of voters and staff running the polling stations and counts.
The scale of the “Super Thursday” voting day means that every voter in Great Britain will be able to take part in at least one type of poll, making it the biggest event of its kind outside a general election.
Published at Fri, 16 Apr 2021 14:19:00 +0000