While all eyes have (quite justifiably) been on the general election, Labour has been picking up seats in the local elections.
They’ve so far gained five councils from the Lib Dems, Tories and no overall control: Coventry, Doncaster, Enfield, Doncaster, Hartlepool and – perhaps iconically, Liverpool, which was the seat of Militant Labour in the 1980s before being taken over by Lib Dems in 1998 and held by them ever since.
The Conservatives have so far lost four councils and the Lib Dems one.
The BBC summary.
As Labour picks up local election seats, the Tories are quite probably at their peak of their council representation. This could quite probably be the best possible moment for the parties to find common ground on electoral reform in English local government election. Many councils are frequently no overall control while others sugger if they become one-party fiefdoms, And several use multi-member constituencies for first-past-the-post races. A switch to STV or to switch all X voting to 1,2,3 voting for a mix of AV and STV,