Labour won't feel 'comfortable' despite election wins says expert
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Laura Kuenssberg conceded the Labour Party has secured enough council seats to claim the local elections as a “turning point” for the party. But she forecast Sir Keir Starmer will still face an uphill battle to oust Boris Johnson of Downing Street in the next round of the general election. Speaking to BBC Breakfast, the BBC Political Editor said: “Here’s the rub for Labour.
“Voters overnight have not given them the kind of result that Keir Starmer can look at and say, ‘you know what? I’m cruising my way to Number 10. I’m definitively on track.’
“It looks very much like Labour will end up with the biggest share of the vote when we come to work out all of the numbers but not necessarily the kind of slice of the pie that can make Labour feel comfortable about where things are heading.
“But they do have justification to call it a turning point for them.
“And we are going to hear them call it a turning point again and again and again.”
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As of Friday morning, Labour recorded three surprise wins in London, gaining Wandsworth, Westminster, and Barnet.
Both Wandsworth and Westminster had been under Conservative control for decades, with the former considered a jewel in Tory crown due to it boasting the lowest council tax in the whole of the UK.
Sir Keir Starmer described the party’s gains in Barnet as “fantastic” and has said the party is “back on track”.
The Labour leader met supporters in north London on Friday morning where he celebrated the party’s win from the Conservatives.
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Sir Keir said: “What brilliant teams we’ve got, all the fantastic work we’ve put in.
“When it comes to London, you can hardly believe those names come off our lips. Wandsworth! They’ve been saying for years ‘You’ll never take Wandsworth from us.’ We’ve just done it! Westminster! It’s an astonishing result.”
He added: “This is a big turning point for us. From the depths of 2019 in that general election, back on track, winning in the north.
“Cumberland! Southampton! We’ve changed Labour and now we’re seeing the results of that.”
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