UK 2022 local elections – live: Minister insists Johnson is ‘an asset, not an obligation’

Boris Johnson ‘out of touch’ on cost of living, says Keir Starmer

Top conservatives have come forward in support of Boris Johnson as forecasts warned of a loss of “hundreds” of seats to Tories.

Education Secretary Michelle Donelan, who appeared on Sky News, said Mr Johnson was “an asset, not an obligation” in elections.

Earlier, Sir John Curtice warned in an article for The Independent that the Conservatives were on course to take huge losses in the first major test of public opinion since the Partygate scandal made headlines.

Meanwhile, the leader of a local Tory group said anger at the No. 10 parties, complemented by fears over rising living costs, indicated that party supporters are staying home today.

From this follows Angela Rayner’s claim that Tory election candidates are ashamed of having ties to the Prime Minister, by acting like “local conservatives” and begging voters not to “punish” them for the Partygate scandal.

“It speaks volumes that Boris Johnson’s own Conservative candidates are ashamed to be associated with him and are trying to frighten voters,” said the Labor deputy leader.

In Northern Ireland, Sinn Fein is heading for a historic victory in the 90-seat Assembly, with opinion polls predicting his emergence as the largest party.

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Scots go to the polls

Scots go to the polls in an election dominated by national issues and the cost of living.

Parties north of the border have urged voters to “send a message” to governments in Westminster and Holyrood with their votes.

The cost of living crisis, caused by a rise in fuel bills, national insurance premiums and inflation, has been at the top of the Scottish party’s agenda throughout the campaign.

Matt MathersMay 5, 2022 08:42

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Prime Minister arrives at polling station to vote

Boris Johnson appeared to be in good spirits when he appeared in Westminster’s Methodist Central Hall to cast his vote in the local election.

The prime minister smiled and wished reporters good morning, but otherwise kept quiet about an election in which the Conservatives are expected to lose hundreds of council seats.

Mr Johnson showed up on foot at the polling station around 7:40 a.m. Thursday morning and was not with his wife Carrie, but was accompanied by his dog Dilyn.

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Matt MathersMay 5, 2022 08:17

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Polling stations open in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

More than 4,000 councilors in 146 boroughs are running for elections in major English cities, including Manchester and Leeds, with all 32 London boroughs up for grabs.

Last contested in 2017, all 32 councils in Scotland and all 22 in Wales also hold elections, with polling stations closing at 10pm.

While many votes will be set on local issues, the election will also be the first major electoral test for Boris Johnson and Keir Starmer since the Partygate scandal and the cost of living crisis, as energy companies report significant gains, our political correspondent Ashley Cowburn writes.

Maryam Zakir-HussainMay 5, 2022 08:12

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Local elections 2022: what are the main battlegrounds?

The councils in England that will receive the most attention are in London, where Wandsworth could switch to Labor after 44 years in Tories hands.

Recently, the area has been sliding to the left, with all three MPs from the borough now Labour, including Fleur Anderson in Putney, the only seat the party won from the Tories in 2019.

The Conservatives also face challenges in Westminster, where their large majority has declined over the years, and Barnet, where Labor’s poor performance in 2018 has been linked to concerns about Jeremy Corbyn among the Jewish community.

In Tower Hamlets it is unlikely there will be too much commotion in the municipal elections, but the race to become mayor will be one to watch, with controversial former mayor Lutfur Rahman standing again.

He was forced to resign after an election court found him guilty of corrupt and illegal practices, but he has not faced any criminal charges.

Maryam Zakir-HussainMay 5, 2022 08:00

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When can you expect the results of the local elections?

Millions of voters will be going to the polls in hours in the UK as local elections are held in England, Scotland and Wales.

More than 4,300 seats are being contested in England – including all London boroughs – with all 32 Scotland boroughs and 22 Welsh boroughs up for grabs.

They will coincide with the parliamentary elections in Northern Ireland, with voters deciding on 90 members, representing 18 constituencies, to send to Stormont.

Our political correspondent Ashley Cowburn looks at the estimated timing for key local election statements:

Maryam Zakir-HussainMay 5, 2022 07:48

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Will Tories pay the price for Partygate?

Conservatives will find out in the coming days whether they will have to pay the price for the Partygate saga in Downing Street, which Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak have been fined for violating coronavirus laws.

Oliver Dowden, the chairman of the Tory party, tried to emphasize to voters the local choice they are making, amid reports that some candidates had tried to distance themselves from Westminster during campaigns.

In a statement on the occasion of the polls opening, Mr Dowden said: “Today’s elections are about one thing: who do you want to lead your council?

“The choice couldn’t be greater — between conservatives who keep council taxes low and provide good services, or the opposition parties who waste money on political games and vanity projects.”

Education Secretary Michelle Donelan argued that Johnson was “an advantage, not an obligation” in elections.

Ms Donelan told Sky News she could “understand” why hopeful councilors wanted to show that they will “work hard on all those things that affect everyday life” rather than focus on what is happening in Westminster.

Environment Minister George Eustice acknowledged that “all prime ministers will always be very aware of the vote in their parliamentary party”, in response to speculation that poor results on Thursday could lead to more letters of confidence from Tory MPs.

During a visit to Southampton Airport on the last day before the polls opened, Mr Johnson emphasized that he was “absolutely confident” that he had the “right agenda for the country”.

Maryam Zakir-HussainMay 5, 2022 07:37

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The UK is providing £45 million in aid to Ukraine to help the most vulnerable in the war-torn country, the government has said.

The money will go to UN agencies and charities that provide essential aid and support survivors of sexual violence in Ukraine, where the Russian invasion continues to exacerbate a massive humanitarian crisis.

“Britain has stood shoulder to shoulder with the people of Ukraine during this conflict. As one of the largest humanitarian donors, we will continue to ensure that those who are victims of (Russian President Vladimir) Putin’s despicable war receive the life-saving aid they need,” said Foreign Minister Liz Truss.



British aid supports the most vulnerable in Ukraine, especially women and children, who are at increased risk of sexual violence and exploitation.

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Namita Singh |May 5, 2022 06:58

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Am I registered to vote and what can I do if I’m not?’

Voters across the UK will head to the polls on Thursday 5 May for a new round of local elections.

More than 4,000 council seats in England are contested, 1,200 in both Scotland and Wales and all 90 Northern Ireland Assembly seats in the fray.

According to the Office for National Statistics, approximately 48.8 million people have registered to vote. The deadline is April 14 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and April 18 in Scotland.

My colleague Joe Sommerlad lists everything else you need to know about your voting status ahead of Election Day 2022.

Namita Singh |May 5, 2022 06:39

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Scots go to polls as local parties urge voters to ‘send a message’ to Westminster

Scots will go to the polls in local elections dominated by national issues and a cost of living crisis, with parties north of the border urging voters to “send a message” to governments in Westminster.

The cost of living crisis, fueled by increases in utility bills, national insurance premiums and inflation, has dominated Scottish parties’ agendas throughout the campaign.

Scottish Prime Minister Sturgeon attends local election campaign in Loanhead

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Polling stations open today at 7:00 AM and close at 10:00 PM. While nighttime counts were a norm, the count in Scotland will take place on Friday and results are expected by evening.

Namita Singh |May 5, 2022 06:30

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Johnson ‘an asset, not an obligation’

As Tory supporters watch the UK’s local elections with trepidation, top Conservatives have spoken out in support of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Education Secretary Michelle Donelan, who appeared on Sky News, said Mr Johnson was “an asset, not an obligation” in elections.

She added, however, that she was able to “understand” why hopeful councilors want to project that they will “work hard on all those things that affect everyday life” rather than what is happening in Westminster.

Environment Minister George Eustice acknowledged that “all prime ministers will always be very aware of the vote in their parliamentary party”, in response to speculation that poor results on Thursday could lead to more letters of confidence from Tory MPs.

Namita Singh |May 5, 2022 05:53

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