Jeremy Corbyn has claimed the local election results left Labour “well placed” to win the next general election despite the party’s failure to capture key targets from the Tories. A mixed set of results left both Labour and the Tories claiming success, with the Conservatives holding on to “crown jewel” authorities in London including Wandsworth. For Labour, despite the ongoing row over anti-Semitism – which may have damaged the effort in key target Barnet, which was won by the Tories – there were signs of progress and analysis suggested the two main parties were neck-and-neck overall in terms of national vote share. In a video message on Satursday, Corbyn hailed victories in Plymouth and Kirklees, and added: “We have made progress in the places we need to win in the next general election. “In London we have achieved the best result since 1971, missing out on winning the flagship Tory borough of Wandsworth by a whisker. “We are well placed to fight and win the next general election whenever it comes.” In the local elections, we’ve built on the historic gains we made at last year’s General Election.pic.twitter.com/66MZaUDuKa— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) May 5, 2018 In the last of the 150… Read full this story
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