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Have Corbyn and May both passed their peak?

"I'd be happy if we held on to Bexley," was the message from a campaigning Cabinet minister a few weeks ago on expectations for this set of local elections, to an arched eyebrow from me.
The spin at that point was to set expectations that his party were on course for historic losses in Barnet, Wandsworth and Westminster.
Equally, in March, Labour's London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, was at pains to tell me that the Tory bastion of Westminster was out of reach, as Labour needed to take the ward which hosts Buckingham Palace.:: Labour and Tories both lumbering like zombiesFailing to win any councils in London is a failure for Jeremy Corbyn. He would not have expected to have to travel to Plymouth to claim progress.It shows momentum - and one might argue Momentum, too - is running out.Tories claim we are at peak Corbyn. Plateau Corbyn is certainly right.This performance leaves the local elections where the general election was last year.
Have Corbyn and May both passed their peak?

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Conservatives celebrate at Wandsworth Town Hall
In 2017, Labour massively overachieved against expectations.In 2018 it has underachieved, and the problem for the Labour leader is that it might show a natural high watermark for his appeal.The party has a small town problem that blocks its path to a general election majority.But although a disaster did not occur, these results also confirm that we are past peak May, though we knew that already from the general election.The party has a big city problem that also blocks its path to general election victory, and it lost Plymouth, Richmond to the Liberal Democrats, and Trafford, its bastion in Greater Manchester.:: Local elections - the results as they happen
Have Corbyn and May both passed their peak?

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Jeremy Corbyn had been hoping for better results
The Conservatives won the expectations game, partly because they held onto Wandsworth in southwest London.
But it is not all good news. The council had been held by the Tories for four decades, was Mrs Thatcher's favourite, and yet is now a marginal after seven Labour ward wins.Nevertheless, it enabled Conservatives chairman Brandon Lewis to claim on the way in to Number 10 on Friday morning that it had been a "good night but there's more work to do".The truth is that Lewis has stabilised the ship.And after a torrid few months and at this point in the electoral cycle, the party might have anticipated a collapse.But the absence of bad news is not necessarily good news. It staves off immediate, further leadership uncertainty that could have arisen, but it does not eliminate it.
Have Corbyn and May both passed their peak?

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Leader of Kensington and Chelsea council Elizabeth Campbell after the Tories maintained control of the council
Of greater concern now, is that Conservative critics of the Brexit plan, who had kept their powder dry until after the vote, will now take the gloves off.Indeed the most consequential decision of the day might well be the information smuggled out, as polls closed, on Brexit.As Sky News has pointed out over the past week, the Government is looking to push the Commons votes on stripping out Lords amendments past summer into the autumn.And that in a week when the PM promised Cabinet a "robust response" to the Lords' repeated defeats of the Government on the EU Withdrawal Bill.It shows that the Government is not confident of a majority on many of these issues, and complicates the negotiation.It means time is running out.
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Local elections: Do results show we have passed peak Corbyn?

It exacerbates the fundamental dilemma arising from the PM's inability to win over key Cabinet members on her favoured customs partnership.The local elections did not further complicate these dilemmas, but they were pretty acute already.
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