Local elections 2022

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United Ireland: why is it not on cards despite Sinn Féin success?
Sinn Féin has called for debate on Irish unification, but many obstacles exist to a referendum on the issue

Lisa O'Carroll

08, May, 2022 @4:17 PM

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The Tories have had a poll disaster – so why are we talking about takeaway curry? | Gaby Hinsliff
Beergate has helped Boris Johnson get through what should have been a perilous weekend, says Guardian columnist Gaby Hinsliff

Gaby Hinsliff

08, May, 2022 @2:51 PM

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Boris Johnson’s Tories exhibit the morbid symptoms of a fin-de-siècle regime | Andrew Rawnsley
Intellectual exhaustion and rampant sleaze often characterise parties which have been squatting on power for too long

Andrew Rawnsley

08, May, 2022 @7:30 AM

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With Sinn Féin’s victory, tectonic plates have shifted in Northern Ireland | Susan McKay
In Yeats’s words, ‘all changed, changed utterly’

Susan McKay

08, May, 2022 @7:00 AM

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UK local elections: how London turned from blue to red
Even the wealthiest enclaves of the capital turned against the Tories last week. What has made the city a Labour redoubt – and is its dominance more of a menace than a boon?

Andrew Anthony

08, May, 2022 @6:00 AM

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The Observer view on the meaning of the local election results | Editorial
The fragmenting of the vote has left the union more fragile than ever

Observer editorial

08, May, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Workington Man turned Tory in 2019 but slipped back to Labour in UK local elections
The archetypal swing voter – a white, working-class Brexiter – left the Red Wall in ruins three years ago but is having second thoughts

Shanti Das

07, May, 2022 @9:15 PM

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Sinn Féin assembly victory fuels debate on future of union
Leader Mary Lou McDonald raises issue of unification as nationalists become biggest party in Northern Ireland

Rory Carroll and Lisa O'Carroll in Magherafelt, and Toby Helm

07, May, 2022 @7:45 PM

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Boris Johnson sighed in relief – then the message from UK local elections took hold
The Liberal Democrats and Labour enjoyed a surge in the polls that raised constitutional issues as well as weakening the PM

Toby Helm, Michael Savage & Tom Wall

07, May, 2022 @6:45 PM

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Elections 2022: live council results for England, Scotland and Wales
As the final votes are counted, heavy Conservative losses are tempered by a mixed picture for Labour while Lib Dems and the Greens perform well. The SNP continues to dominate in Scotland and Plaid Cymru gain seats in their heartlands and beyond

Niels de Hoog, Seán Clarke and Anna Leach

07, May, 2022 @4:07 PM

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Minister urges Tory MPs not to act against Boris Johnson after election results
Nadhim Zahawi calls for party unity as conservatives speak out, and insists the prime minister is ‘a man of integrity’

Jane Clinton

07, May, 2022 @11:18 AM

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In Scotland, the SNP still reign supreme – but the Conservatives have fallen from grace | Rory Scothorne
At the ballot box voters ‘boaked’ at voting Tory, serving huge wins to Labour, which is now Scotland’s second party

Rory Scothorne

07, May, 2022 @9:57 AM

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