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Local elections: The main parties punished

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It was a bad night for the Conservatives and for Labour, while the Lib Dems, Greens and independents prospered, writes Prof John Curtice and colleagues on the BBC's local elections team."A plague on both your houses." That seems to have been the key message to emerge from the ballot boxes.As expected the Conservatives fell back. They were defending seats that were mostly last up for grabs four years ago, on the same day that David Cameron won the 2015 general election. That, coupled with the party's recent freefall in the polls, seemed to augur significant Conservative losses. And so it proved to be the case when the first ballot boxes were opened overnight. By morning the party had lost well over 350 seats, with the prospect of further losses when more results are declared later on Friday. Election results in maps and charts
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About this pieceThis analysis piece was commissioned by the BBC from an expert working for an outside organisation.Sir John Curtice is professor of politics at Strathclyde University, senior fellow at NatCen Social Research and The UK in a Changing Europe. He is also chief commentator at WhatUKthinks.org.He worked with Stephen Fisher, associate professor of political sociology, University of Oxford; Robert Ford, professor of politics, University of Manchester and Patrick English, associate lecturer in data analysis, University of Exeter.
John Curtice
Expert Network
England local elections 2019
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