In St Albans and North Warwickshire a less draconian approach has proved effective. The Government wants others to follow suit.
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The SNP gained a seat from Labour in Edinburgh. But Labour held a seat in Lambeth, while the Lib Dems held one in Burnley.
“We’re doomed”: The mood of Conservative councillors facing the electorate varies from nervousness to despair
The prospect of the Euro Elections has made matters even worse. Yet a record number of Tory candidates have been nominated.
In the only contest taking place this week, the Conservatives held a seat in Norfolk.
From across the country, the mood of those I spoke to varied from highly discouraged to utter despair.
The SNP held a seat in Clackmannanshire. The Liberal Democrats held a seat in Sutton.
The Conservatives gained a seat from an independent in Thurrock. Labour lost a seat to an independent in Newcastle-under-Lyme.
Boles has resigned as a member of his Conservative Association – but wishes to continue taking the Conservative Whip
“I am not willing to do what would be necessary to restore a reasonable working relationship with people whose values are so much at odds with my own.”
Labour held seats in Croydon and Durham. Labour also gained a seat from an independent in Southampton.
The elections are taking place next year. Leicestershire and Cheshire are among the Tory targets.
The Conservatives lost a seat to the Green Party in Aylesbury Vale in the only contest this week.
In the only contest taking place this week, the Conservatives held a seat in Stroud.
Shortlists have been chosen for London South West and for Croydon and Sutton. The elections take place next year.
The Conservatives held a seat in Northamptonshire. Labour lost a seat to Plaid Cymru in Cardiff.
In the only contest taking place this week, the Conservatives held a seat in the Vale of Glamorgan.