We are heading towards a 1997-type defeat unless we make fundamental and radical changes to our machinery and to our policies.
We have four hundred or so more responses than last month – and almost exactly the same result.
Our approach, and our message, won the backing of communities which have previously only ever voted Labour. It can work elsewhere, too.
All that passing May’s deal would do is lose the DUP, split the Party, boost Farage, and usher in an election. And the deal is bad in any event.
“But it is worth emphasising that the Tories got absolutely monstered,” the Shadow Local Government Secretary adds.
Will they now seek to appease turbulent voters by rushing her-deal-plus-the-Customs-Union through the Commons?
And Labour are also net losers on a dire election day for the two main parties – with the Euro-poll to come.
The Conservatives gain three councils, shed far more – and councillor losses have now breached the 1000 barrier. The worst end of CCHQ expectations.
Could the absence of the Brexit Party explain in part the enormous increase in the number of ‘Others’ being returned?
To date, these elections are raising strategic questions above May’s leadership and Corbyn’s policy – especially over a second referendum.
Staying on would be a tragedy for the Conservative Party, which could very well cease to be viable as a party of government.
They will doubtless be very bad for the Conservatives – but perhaps not as dire as some of the worst forecasts for the Party would have it.
The leading psephologist anticipates that the Liberal Democrats will be the big beneficiaries of the local elections.
There is no good reason to punish local Tory candidates for Parliamentary manoeuverings and national Government failures.
There is a mismatch between Government announcements and Commons realities. It cannot attempt reforms without risking them being amended out of recognition.