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UK Local Elections 2018 Shock Predictions! Labour London Gains Offset by Regional Losses

ElectionOracle / UK Local Elections May 02, 2018 - 08:50 AM GMT

By: Nadeem_Walayat

ElectionOracle

The mainstream press backed up by the polling industry has once more built themselves up into a frenzy of reporting with much certainty that the Conservatives are heading for an electoral blood bath in the local elections, with the London epicentre rippling out across the regions as Corbyn's Labour party is expected to build on last years shock General Election results that crippled Theresa May's government which has had the effect of throwing the Tories into a state of panic whilst many Labour councils are already counting their electoral chickens before their hatched. All whilst forgetting that the same pollsters and pundits got last years general election very badly wrong! And so one has to beg the question are they all badly wrong AGAIN? Which would be for SIXTH ELECTION IN A ROW!


Labour set for 'best performance' in London for 40 years at local ...

The Independent-26 Apr 2018
Labour is on course for its best performance in 40 years in London at next week's local elections, according to a fresh poll that shows Jeremy Corbyn's party enjoying a 22 per cent lead over the Conservatives in the capital. The survey suggests that in seven days' time as many as 51 per cent of Londoners ...

 

Labour's final push to seize territory from Tories in local elections

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This is the most important, closest and most keenly fought local election battle here in decades and canvass returns suggest the result is poised on a knife edge. “I would say the chances are 50/50,” says Simon Hogg, the Labour leader on Wandsworth council, which has been held by the Conservatives ...

 

How the local elections could ruin Theresa May

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This is not necessarily rational: in the 2014 locals, Ed Miliband's Labour won the largest share of the vote for the fourth year running, achieving net gains of six councils and 324 council seats. Yet, a year later, David Cameron defeated Miliband in the general election, securing the Conservative Party its first ...

 

Local Elections to be Dominated by Local Issues

On May 3rd 4370 seats will be up for election across 151 councils contested by some 16,000 candidates, where most of the mainstream press coverage appears wholly focused on London as though the rest of the country does not matter or even exist! The key event of this election is the collapse of UKIP who apparently will only be contesting about 500 of the 4,370 seats up for election, and even failing to defend some seats that they won last time! So who will get the UKIP vote? Given that UKIP is a protest party then the most likely to benefit from the collapse of UKIP are those in opposition to each Councils ruling party i.e. for Conservative Councils that would be the Lib Dems and Labour, and conversely for Labour councils. Whilst it will also allow independents and other protest parties such as the Green Party to pick up many seats from the UKIP meltdown, depending on what the particular local issues are in each city.

For instance Sheffield could see it's ruling Labour regime lose it's strong majority of 28 resulting in an shock hung council result, as one of the key issues in Sheffield is that the Labour run council decided that Europe's greenest city would be better off with half its number of street trees and so began a crazy trees felling programme that came to a head in March 2018 that witnessed multiple arrests of peaceful protestors on a daily basis as the Labour council attempted and failed to bully Sheffield's anti tree felling protestors into submission, triggering a suspension of fellings in advance of the local elections, and similar patterns of local protests and issues such as bin collections in Birmingham and potholes everywhere are likely to impact across Britain's councils as my following video illustrates:

UK Local Elections Forecast 2018 - Trees vs Labour Sheffield City Council

Opinion Pollsters & Pundits Wrong Again?

And here's a reminder of why you should take what the mainstream press is reporting, political pundits and pollsters with a big pinch of salt. Considering just how bad they have been in terms of forecasting the outcome of recent elections, such as last years general election that followed getting Trump wrong, Brexit and even the 2015 general election, with the 2014 Scottish Referendum before that! That's Five elections WRONG in a ROW!

UK General Election Final Forecasts

Forecasts Date Tory Labour Lib SNP
Lord Ashcroft 6th June
357
Electoral Calculus .co.uk 6th June
361
216
3
48
Election Forecast .co.uk 6th June
375
198
8
36
Forecastuk.org.uk 6th June
350
225
8
44
Spread Betting Markets (IG) 7th June
371
199
12
46
* YouGov - Forecast 1 (Hung) 7th June
302
269
3
48
*YouGov - Forecast 2 (Con Maj) 8th June
362
     
Nadeem Walayat - Forecast Conclusion 4th June
358
212
12
46
Nadeem Walayat - House Prices 3rd June
342
BBC Exit Poll - 10pm 8th June
314
266
14
34
BBC Exit Poll - Revised 2.15am 9th June
322
261
13
32
Actual Result 9th June
318
262
12
35

*YouGov forecast

Note - Yougov in attempts to cover themselves against being wrong again published two opposite outcomes so that they could claim to have called the election correctly whatever the result! What a joke!

The bottom line is that in this election the UKIP meltdown will benefit opposition parties, which translates into labour London gains to be offset by regional losses such as in Sheffield. So after the results are in expect mainstream press headlines of "Labour Complacency Resulting in Regional Losses". So the metropolitan elite comprised of politicians and journalists continue to remain largely clueless of what is going on in the city outside the M25.

UK Local Elections Forecast 2018 - Trees vs Labour Sheffield City Council

By Nadeem Walayat

http://www.marketoracle.co.uk

Copyright © 2005-2018 Marketoracle.co.uk (Market Oracle Ltd). All rights reserved.

Nadeem Walayat has over 30 years experience of trading derivatives, portfolio management and analysing the financial markets, including one of few who both anticipated and Beat the 1987 Crash. Nadeem's forward looking analysis focuses on UK inflation, economy, interest rates and housing market. He is the author of five ebook's in the The Inflation Mega-Trend and Stocks Stealth Bull Market series that can be downloaded for Free.

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