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Professor Philip Cowley, May local election polls: Tories trail Labour by 22 points in London


London’s local elections battle has tightened dramatically with a week to go, leaving Theresa May facing at least one probable defeat, but potentially stopping Labour from taking two flagship Tory councils. The YouGov survey, commissioned by Queen Mary University of London, reveals the Conservatives trailing Labour by a huge 22-point gap. The final poll of the 32 borough elections suggests a fall in Labour’s lead in inner London that could cost Jeremy Corbyn victory in the high-profile targets of Wandsworth and Westminster. Philip Cowley, Professor of Politics at Queen Mary, said the figures suggested “a good night for Labour”, which is on course to win dozens of seats, but that it will probably fall short of the two biggest prizes in its sights.
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Read the Queen Mary press release.
Also featured in The Guardian, Independent, Sky News, Mail Online, New Statesman, The Sun, The Times (PDF available on request)
Read Professor Cowley’s commentary piece in the Evening Standard (PDF available on request)



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