The results of the UK’s recent local elections, which were announced Friday, were none too good for the Labour Party who suffered something of a crushing defeat with the loss of seven councils, and almost 400 seats. Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, however, remains unperturbed and ready to tackle the general election come June 8.
According to BBC, Corbyn is still positive that things can turn around in the next four weeks. This is enough time, he feels, for the Labour Party to “send a message” to their supporters and even those who are not yet on their side. This message will re-instill faith in those whose minds are potentially swaying from Labour, and give a new perspective to voters who feel they have every reason not to vote for the party.
The issue, however, may be Jeremy Corbyn himself. The Daily Mail reveals that fully fledged Labour Party supporters have stated that the reason they will not vote for their own party indeed lies with the 67-year-old. Dave Wilcox, Derbyshire’s former Labour group leader, gave a statement following the control of his council passing to the Conservative Party, one in which he recalled what previous Labour voters told him personally when asked about their upcoming election choices. As long as Jeremy Corbyn is in power, they say, Labour will not be receiving their vote, as the Chippenham native just does not “speak for them.”
Corbyn’s team, however, has a different reason for why the Labour Party’s support crashed so hard during the local elections. The Sun reports that the leader’s allies have blamed the colossal defeat of UKIP for the poor results, in addition to the attempts of some of Corbyn’s own MP’s to tarnish his reputation. Even after the local elections, there is still allegedly some behind-the-scenes talking taking place. The word “disastrous” is said to have been used by members of the party, despite the leader not viewing the results this way regardless of how many seats they lost. Jeremy Corbyn himself gave an interview in which he referenced the outcome as “disappointing,” but in no way unsalvageable.
Prime Minister Theresa May was adamant that the Conservatives are most certainly not “taking anything for granted”, despite winning an overwhelming majority throughout the nation. Local elections, she says, are not necessarily indicative of general ones, and therefore her party will continue to do all they can to rally support and improve their campaign in the next four weeks.
By Lorelai Zelmerlow