The Lib Dems will gain seats, but gaining councils is another matter.
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Next week’s council elections: The Conservative / Labour battlegrounds – Lancashire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire
Will Andy Street adorn the front pages with a broad grin on his face, the newly-elected Conservative West Midlands Mayor?
As the council taxpayer’s friend he transformed municipal culture.
Marine Le Pen is offering a socialist programme.
The Conservatives gained a seat from Labour in Harrow.
Yet more bad news for Jeremy Corbyn.
He will carry on “fighting for that Britain I love” as editor of the Evening Standard.
It will be harder to deflect the Corbyn factor from Council elections – and defeat will further sap Labour morale.
Yet London where this is most needed is falling behind.
The Conservatives gained a seat from Labour in Middlesbrough.
The cost of £100 to the average household energy bill is just an example.
It might be assumed rising prices would mean more people giving up on the idea – not so.
A new report looks at the extent of the challenge – and those schools that have managed to meet it.
Hammersmith and Fulham Council have scuppered an arrangement which saved money for it – as well as Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea.
The Conservatives lost a seat to the Liberal Democrats in West Somerset.