OPINION - Talking Point: Do you think Boris Johnson will pay at the polls?

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Voters are getting ready to go to the polls for the local elections  (PA)
Voters are getting ready to go to the polls for the local elections (PA)

The latest polling is in – and it makes for grim reading for the Conservatives. With just over a week to go until the local elections on May 5, the Tories face losing even more ground in London, according to the results from a YouGov survey for the Queen Mary University of London’s Mile End Institute.

As the partygate scandal rumbles on, voters are being given their first opportunity to make their feelings clear. Meanwhile, the cost of living crisis may be an even bigger motivating factor for people watching their outgoings increasing and scrutinising their council tax bills.

Although support for the Conservatives may be dwindling, it remains to be seen whether the Labour party can go further than its strong showing in 2018.

Dr Patrick Diamond, Director of QMUL’s Mile End Institute, said: “Support for the Conservatives across the city has fallen sharply since the local elections in 2018, however, Labour’s vote does not look set to advance beyond its successes that year, when it performed particularly strongly.”

With new ward boundaries in place, predictions aren’t straightforward, and much will depend on whether people show up at the ballot boxes. However, if the polling is close to accurate, voters could be about to send a strong message to the Conservative party.

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