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|Elections Put Spotlight on London|
- Labour set to suffer as voters search for local council alternatives
VOTERS across England go to the polls today for local elections, with London expected to provide the most dramatic events in the country.
According to opinion surveys, the Labour Party of Prime Minister Tony Blair is set to lose many of the councils it controls in London, including Bexley, Camden, Croydon, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey and Merton.
The factors behind the expected collapse in Labour’s vote range from the usual mid-term backlash that hits the governing party, continued opposition to the Iraq war and last week’s slip-ups by big-name ministers, which have led to acres of awful, for Labour, press coverage.
When Labour’s vote declines, the Tory and Liberal Democrat vote naturally benefits, but the emergence of smaller parties might be one of tonight’s stories. The fascistic BNP, environmental Greens and socialist/anti-war Respect and even a new party run by parents championing local schools are expected to capture healthy vote totals.
Polling stations are open until 10.00 tonight.
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