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Tory MPs urged to unite behind Johnson after local election losses

Boris Johnson will use the Queen’s Speech as an effort to safe his management following a bruising set of local elections which noticed the Tories lose management of key authorities and undergo a web lack of greater than 400 councillors.

The speech on Tuesday setting out the Government’s priorities would give attention to the financial system, well being and nationwide safety, Cabinet minister Nadhim Zahawi mentioned as he urged Tory MPs to rally around the Prime Minister.

Mr Zahawi insisted the Prime Minister who delivered 2019’s common election landslide remained an electoral asset to the Tories regardless of points in No 10 and Westminster being blamed for the local defeats inflicted on the occasion.

The lack of Wandsworth and Westminster in London to Labour after many years of Tory management and vital defeats to the Liberal Democrats in southern heartlands reminiscent of Woking may persuade extra MPs to submit letters of no-confidence within the Prime Minister.

The partygate row, which has seen Mr Johnson and Rishi Sunak fined for breaching coronavirus legal guidelines, scandals involving MPs Neil Parish and Imran Ahmad Khan and the cost-of-living disaster all contributed to a troublesome set of outcomes for the Prime Minister.

In a message to Tory colleagues, the Education Secretary mentioned: “People don’t like to vote for split parties, for teams that are divided.

“We are strongest when we are united, we’ve got a Queen’s Speech next week where we will demonstrate to the nation that the second half of this Parliament is all about dealing with repairing the economy, recovering from Covid, the backlog of the NHS and national security – here at home, safer streets – and, of course, abroad.

“All of these things we have a plan for.

“We are stronger when we are united and that would be my message to all my colleagues.”

He informed Sky News that Mr Johnson “absolutely” remained an electoral asset: “Boris cuts through in places like Nuneaton, places like Newcastle-under-Lyme, other parts of the country as well – Harrow in London.”

Harrow offered a uncommon brilliant spot within the capital, with the Tories taking the authority from Labour, whereas the Conservative majority elevated in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

But Aaron Bell, MP for Newcastle-under-Lyme, mentioned the partygate row had come up on some doorsteps within the Staffordshire council and that the problems round Mr Johnson’s management had to be introduced to a head.

Mr Bell, who has already submitted a letter of no confidence in Mr Johnson, informed BBC Radio 4’s Today: “It’s not really up to me, it’s up to my colleagues and I’m sure when we get back to Westminster there will be a discussion about that.

“What I do think is it needs to be brought to a head sooner rather than later because I don’t think we can continue having this hanging over the party for many more months to come, with the Metropolitan Police and Sue Gray and then the Privileges Committee.”

Scotland Yard remains to be events in Downing Street and Whitehall, with the publication of senior civil servant Sue Gray’s report awaiting the conclusion of the police inquiry.

An evaluation for the BBC by elections professional Professor Sir John Curtice calculated that if the entire nation had been voting, Labour would have gained 35% of the vote – 5 factors forward of the Tories on 30% – the occasion’s greatest lead in local elections for a decade.

After outcomes from 197 out of 200 councils, the Tories had suffered a web lack of 12 authorities and 401 councillors, Labour had gained eight councils and 261 seats, the Liberal Democrats 5 authorities and 189 councillors.

Labour is going through its personal difficulties after police introduced a probe into whether or not chief Sir Keir Starmer broke lockdown guidelines final year.

Shadow cupboard minister Jo Stevens mentioned the election outcomes confirmed the occasion is prepared for presidency.

“What the results this week have shown is that we have regained the trust of the British public,” she informed Times Radio.

“For example, taking control of Barnet Council in London, which has a substantial Jewish population, demonstrates both to our party and to the country at large that Labour has changed under the leadership of Keir Starmer in the last two years and that we are ready for government.”

In Scotland, the Tories slipped into third place because the SNP elevated its tally of councillors by 22 to 453 whereas Scottish Labour was ready to capitalise on the collapse of Conservative help to come second.

In Wales, the Tories lost management of their solely council, Monmouthshire, with Labour, the Lib Dems and Plaid Cymru all gaining seats throughout the nation.

In Northern Ireland, Sinn Fein is on the right track for a historic victory within the Assembly election after receiving probably the most first-preference votes.

(PA Graphics)

(PA Graphics)

The republican occasion secured 29% of first-preference votes, in contrast with 21.3% for the DUP, 13.5% for Alliance, 11.2% for the Ulster Unionists and 9.1% for the SDLP.

It raises the prospect of Sinn Fein holding the put up of First Minister and shall be certain to reignite debate round a united Ireland.

Mary Lou McDonald, president and chief of the occasion, informed TalkTV she believed a border ballot could be “possible within a five-year timeframe”.

But points across the Northern Ireland Protocol may derail makes an attempt to type an administration, with the DUP threatening to refuse to be part of an government till motion is taking to tackle issues with the post-Brexit deal.

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