5th May - Decision Day for the Tories

With the Evening Standard opinion poll confirming the Conservatives’ worst fears for the results in London Borough elections, the press is predicting widespread Tory losses.

But it’s not just Labour who will benefit. With the Tories’ struggling on 29% in Outer London Boroughs, the Liberal Democrats are on 13% and the Greens on 8%, together only 8% behind the Tories in outer London.

Green voters switching to the Liberal Democrats, or voting for a joint slate, could cause serious headaches for the Conservatives in a number of Tory-held wards previously considered safe.

Our local Tory MP’s enthusiastic support for Owen Patterson and Boris after Partygate has upset a great many lifelong Conservatives who have told us they will “lend” us their vote on Thursday. Many of them are hoping that Bob Blackman will be able to spend more time with his family after the next election. Perhaps, on 6 May the Conservatives will wake up to the fact that they need a new candidate, with a little more principle, if they are to avoid a similar drubbing in the proposed Stanmore and Edgware constituency. It won’t just be Boris who will feel unwanted.

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