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Portrait of the week

Portrait of the week: Tory defections, local elections and a China defence hack

11 May 2024

9:00 AM

11 May 2024

9:00 AM

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The local elections proved dreadful for the Conservatives but not quite perfect for Labour. The Conservatives lost 474 of the council wards in contention, ending up with 515; Labour gained an extra 186 to reach 1,158. Independents and others, some standing on the issue of Gaza, increased their councillors by 93 to 228, and took away Labour votes.

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