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Can the conservatives hold on? on their flagship London council?

Wandsworth Council in south west London was in Conservative party Arms for 44 years old, selling services at competitive prices. Former UK prime minister Margaret Thatcher adored local government; Boris Johnson party could lose it.

current prime minister, who once seemed to have a magical touch in the capital of Great Britain, is now regarded by some as a liability. His support for Brexit severed his bond with many Londoners, 60 per cent of who voted to stay in EU in referendum in 2016. Partygate scandal further undermines Tories support on threshold.

If conservatives lose control of their flagship board of Wandsworth in local elections on 5 May, result will become a symbol way that Johnson, who was twice elected mayor of London between 2008 and 2016 lost its influence in capital.

In the mostly wealthy suburbs that do up district, places like Putney, Battersea and Tooting, the electoral situation has been described one Tori official as “very bad”.

Labor officials insist this is expectations management and it would be a shock if Sir Keir Starmer party was to overthrow the once impregnable conservative regime in Wandsworth.

Others disagree. “Wandsworth looks cool for tory keep on so that, said Sir John Curtis, professor of politics in university of Strathclyde. “They only need lose three seats lose control of advice.”

Margaret Thatcher puts an end on bustle in Putney in 1979. UK former prime minister He is said to have loved Wandsworth’s advice © Central Press/Hulton/Getty Images

Conservative election posters in Wandsworth a little ahead of on Thursday vote. The ones that are seen in windows along the elegant terraced streets proclaim support for “local conservatives” with their promise to cut municipal tax bills.

In an obvious further attempt distance Wandsworth Conservative Council candidates for Johnson national Conservative party posters printed on turquoise background — instead of in traditional Navy blue.

Wasn’t there before like This. When Johnson defied the odds and won London City Hall its brand of liberal, pro-immigrant, pro-city of London Toryism was very popular in the elections.

But his support for Brexit was anathema in overwhelmingly pro-European, internationalist in some kind of internalcity areas such as Lambeth and Hackney, support for Stay hit nearly 80 percent

And Johnson’s “leveling” up the agenda reduce regional inequality in United Kingdom – with focus on the so-called red wall places in in midlands and northern England, which the Tories took from labor in 2019 general elections are left some Londoners feel left out. Others feel culturally distant from contemporary conservatives. party.

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While prime minister tough rhetoric on issues like immigration can sound good in many parts of Great Britain, this is very different from his approach when he became Mayor of London. in 2008.

Then Johnson launched review into feasibility of granting en amnesty approximately 400,000 immigrants living illegally in London; now prime minister wants to send migrants to Rwanda.

“Then it was a different Boris Johnson,” Tony Travers said. professor specialization in London politics at the London School of economy, adding prime minister previously adapted his message to youngDiverse and related internationally population.

“Then he was an immigration supporter, a liberal version of Boris Johnson, infinitely large up city.” Johnson support for Brexit has alarmed Square Mile, which has lobbied relentlessly for Stay.

Travers said that before 1997 London used to vote like rest of Great Britain, but since then it has followed the same “urban progressive” trajectory. of cities like Paris and New York.

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Inner London fortress of the left, including former Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn and his supporter Diane Abbott were increasingly dominated by the opposition. party. “There is socialist champagne, pinko, a hypocritical estate in London that dominates the institutions,” said one ally of Johnson.

Indeed labor flourished in London in 2018 under Corbin – last time when Wandsworth and the other 31 London Borough Councils were holding elections, making it difficult for opposition party make big wins this time.

So far the conservatives have held on in wealthier inner regions of Wandsworth, Westminster, Kensington, Chelsea and some tips in in outer ring of London “doughnut” – local authorities like Bexley and Barnet.

The Tories are afraid of losing Barnett, whose great Jewish community turned around against Corbin over Alleged Labor tolerance of anti-Semitism under his leadership, as well as Wandsworth and Westminster, on 5 May. Travers believes Kensington, Chelsea and Bexley are “unbeatable”.

For some residents of Wandsworth, Ned. of controversy over Covid Quarantine Breakout Parties in Downing Street forever scarred their minds of Johnson and the Conservatives.

“Partygate is gone on too long,” businesswoman Ali Reed said. in Tooting. “If he just held his hands up and . . . I said made a mistake’he might have got some support but this fact that they lied, lied, lied.”

Ali Reid, businesswoman in Tooting

Ali Reid, businesswoman in Tooting said “Partygate is gone on too long.” © Charlie Bibby/FT

local conservatives in London fights on a record of sound town hall management and low council tax.

Kim Caddy, Deputy Conservative Leader of Wandsworth Council said: “On the threshold cost of life comes up regularly. We said we’d cut the council tax by 1 percent.”

She is added that while the partygate case was raised on threshold, “more often the conversation eventually turns to how in area managed and what services like”.

Simon Hogg, leader of Work group on Wandsworth Council said local Conservative voters are appealing against Johnson.

“This is not their tory party Any more”, he said, adding that many voters were deeply outraged that they made casualties during the Covid lockdown while Johnson violated rules.

Johnson’s allies insist on prime minister fundamentally not changed and that he remains “One Nation Conservative” who believes in controlled immigration.

But the antipathy towards Johnson among Londoners tends to be younger and more educated than national medium, serious electoral problem for conservatives and could get even worse.

Traverse highlighted how a lot insidecity Londoners were moving to outer districts and walk their Labor metropolitan roads with them. Other moving out of general capital creating “London effect” in wider southeast of England.

One former cabinet minister said: “Londonism is expanding. Decreased availability means that who would in capital has been valued out and are moving outside of M25.

“Their geography may have changed but their values ​​and voting patterns are not. We are losing the capital and parts of south, and it’s not sustainable.”

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This phenomenon can already be seen in cities as far away as Worthing on Sussex Coast, home many London exiles and where Labor profits. Liberal Democrats and the Greens also eat into tory vote in wealthy areas of southeast.

For this reason what’s going on in Wandsworth will resonate far beyond the borough.

Johnson hopes the Tories will succeed in red wall areas such as Sunderland and Newcastle-under-Lyme on Thursday, compensation possible loss of advice in London.

But conservative elections strategy that writes off large parts of London, the economic and cultural center of the country, and relies on continuation support of former Labor voters in in the north of May prove be risky one.

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