LABOUR has had a great night in London. There’s no doubt about that. But for all their celebrating, it is yet to be seen if Sir Keir Starmer’s party has really done any more than just solidify support among the pro-EU elite.
The Conservatives have taken a battering in the capital in the local elections, losing the long-held Wandsworth and Barnet councils, as well as unexpectedly ceding control of Westminster. In the capital the party is set to improve on its results of 2018 and 2014 – and is even on course for its best performance there since London’s 32 councils were created in 1964.
Such pronouncements though are premature.
London has been increasingly a Labour stronghold for years, with the Brexit referendum only exacerbating the trend.