Tories could face a wipe-out in key London local election battlegrounds

A shift towards Liberal and Labour votes could leave the Conservatives facing an election wipe-out in the local elections today.

According to political traders the Liberal Democrats could seize key seats in the poll, including a stronghold in Richmond.

Labour currently hold control over 20 out of 32 boroughs in the capital, and could be set to take Wandsworth with traders giving Labour a 51 per cent chance of winning an overall majority in one of the tightest races in the London boroughs.

Barnet, a former Tory stronghold, has been a closely competed borough in recent times, and Labour, priced as a 56 per cent chance of taking control, will edge it this year according to the spread bettors.

The Conservatives could also be feeling blue in Richmond, where the Tories currently hold 37 of the 52 council seats. According to Sporting Index, the Lib Dems have the edge with a 53 per cent chance of taking control.

The Lib Dems are also expected to receive an overwhelming majority of votes in Sutton and Kingston Upon Thames, whereas the Tories are widely predicted to maintain their overwhelming power in Hillingdon, Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster.

Ed Fulton, political spokesman for Sporting Index, said: “The London boroughs could have a big effect on the local elections, and it’s interesting to see the Brexit effect and how this may impact key swing seats in the capital.

“The battle of Child’s Hill in Barnet could prove to be the tightest race – we’ve found it very hard to call with all three parties in the running for a majority. Child’s Hill looks a clean three-way split between the big three parties, with the Tories and Labour neck and neck on a 32 per cent chance each and the Lib Dems on 26.”


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