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Tory Peer Predicts Major Losses In Local Elections

Tory Peer Predicts Major Losses In Local Elections

The Tories are on course to lose more than 400 seats at next month’s local elections, according to a Conservative peer. Polling expert Lord Hayward said his party would have “a bad night” on May 2, piling even more pressure on Rishi Sunak. However, he said it “will not be a blowout for Labour”, with the party expected to gain between 200 and 250 seats as they are squeezed by left-wing and independent candidates. According to his analysis for Channel 4 News, the Lib Dems will gain around 100 seats, with a “surge” in support for the Greens seeing them gain 30 councillors. The Tory peer said small “disruptor” parties like Reform UK, resident groups and the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) could also damage the Tories and Labour. He said: “Overall, I expect the Tories to have a bad night but it will not be a blowout for Labour. “The new disruptors will probably have a greater impact on Labour than the Tories.” He said he would put the Tory losses at “somewhat …