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ELECTIONS 2004: ANALYSIS OF RESULTS

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All the Sunday newspapers are unanimous in their disappointment at the local election results (click ...
All the Sunday newspapers are unanimous in their disappointment at the local election results (click herefor the LGCnet Elections 2004 mini-site). The Observeris particularly critical, saying that all three parties must ask more profound questions. They have to be clear what they stand for and present themselves honestly.

The article goes on to say that 'our democracy deserves better than the marginal parties which triumphed in these elections' and urges the three principal parties to be clear in what they stand for and to fight for 'coherent positions with integrity'.

Meanwhile, a leader in The Observersays the large crumb of comfort Labour can take from its local election drubbing is that the Conservatives are still not a government in waiting.

And comment in The Sunday Timesasks can Labour learn from its kicking and says while the Tories have bounced back, the European election results could spoil their party.

Meanwhile, The Independent on Sundaycalmly asks; when the counting is done, how do the big three stand? But within moments is damning in its criticism saying the results were a catastrophe, set-back and the worst ever.

The Sunday Mirrorsays the pressure will mount this week as spin master Peter Mandelson is brought in to lead an intensive campaign to revive the government's prospects after last week's disastrous election results.

The article says it will start tomorrow when the prime minister addresses a meeting of MPs in the Commons. Up to 170 fear they could lose their Westminster seats if the local council elections are repeated at a general election.

Click hereto see the full local election results.

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