A study into recent by-election results by the Local Government Chronicle elections centre at Plymouth University h...
A study into recent by-election results by the Local Government Chronicle elections centre at Plymouth University has concluded that the Conservatives will lose 125 seats in next month's local elections, The Sunday Times reported (p5).
If the results on May 5 are in line with the performance in the by-elections held this year, the Tories would lose 125 seats overall, Labour would lose 87 while the Lib Dems would gain 215.
The paper, also reporting the latest Mori opinion poll which showed Labour 21 points ahead of the Tories, said that the party 'usually performs less well in local elections than its opinion poll ratings indicate.
'In the past, a more accurate pointer to the council elections has been recent results in by-elections.'