In the UK, Johnson faces a cold snap in the by-election

UNITED KINGDOM – Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party has lost key local councils in London in Britain’s local elections, according to first results on Friday 6 May for an election that is a test for the prime minister and promises to be historic in Northern Ireland.

The Labor opposition won the local councils of Westminster in London, in the hands of the Conservative Party since their inception in 1964, Barnet as well as Wandsworth, the “favorite council” of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. London’s Labor Mayor Sadiq Khan hailed the “historic” victory.

Labor also won Southampton (southern England), but outside the capital, Labor has so far made only limited gains, while smaller parties, the Liberal Democrats and the Greens, have pulled out, with good results.

Measure the extent of damage to the partigate

While it has traditionally been characterized by very local issues and low turnout, this election, which took place on Thursday, should in particular allow a gauge of the damage done by the holiday scandal in Downing Street during confinement periods, a long-standing relationship with the Boris fine Johnson.

In power for 12 years, the Conservatives are also under fire for insufficient support for families stifled by inflation, which is supposed to peak this year at more than 10% according to the central bank.

On Twitter, Gavin Barwell, former Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May’s chief of staff, called the loss of Wandworth and Westminster a “catastrophic” and a “warning shot”.

“Partygate” vs. “Beergate”

Conservative Party Chairman Oliver Dowden has tried to mitigate these “difficult outcomes” in line with what can be expected from the midterm elections.

If the poor result threatens to prompt some members of Parliament from their majority to withdraw their confidence in Boris Johnson, the party leader said on Sky News that the Conservative Party should keep Boris Johnson in power.

The popularity of Boris Johnson, 57, who will soon be 3 in Downing Street, collapsed after “the party gate”. He has so far weathered the storm, highlighting his leading role in Western support for Ukraine, and saying he is determined to stay in power and lead the battle for the next legislative elections in 2024.

Le Labour, principal parti d’opposition, espère bien tirer profit de ses faiblesses, même si son chef, Keir Starmer, 59 ans, a lui-même été accusé d’avoir enfreint les règles sanitaires pour avoir a veetcé son biès last year.

Political earthquake expected in Northern Ireland

Currently, the results are down just over a third of the 200 local councils. Expected in the morning in Scotland and Wales, vote counting has begun in Northern Ireland, as the ninety elected members of the Stormont local assembly are being renewed. The first results are expected on Friday afternoon, but vote counting in Northern Ireland’s complex system must continue on Saturday or even later.

In Northern Ireland, a political earthquake looms: opinion polls give Sinn Féin the lead in the local assembly for the first time in a hundred years in the history of the British province, which has been in tension since Brexit. A victory for Sinn Féin, the former political front for the Irish Republican Army (IRA) paramilitary organization, will push its vice president, Michelle O’Neill, to the position of head of the local government, which will be led jointly by nationalists and unionists under the 1998 peace agreement.

It would usher in a potential redefinition of the United Kingdom: the party calls for reunification with the Republic of Ireland, even if it has moved that claim into the background in favor of social issues in the face of ultra-conservative unionists.

But the risk of political paralysis looms. After the vote in Belfast on Thursday, DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson reiterated that his party would refuse to take part in a new executive if the British government refused to deal with the difficulties posed by post-Brexit customs controls, which according to the union threatens the boycott. location within the United Kingdom.

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