Last May's council elections and subsequent council by-elections showed that in places as far apart as Liverpool, Manchester, St Helens, Sheffield and Hull, the Tory party is basically non-existent, with Liberal Democrats as the official opposition making modest but distinct gains from Labour.
In a council by-election in Liverpool last month, the Conservative candidate received a breathtaking 1.25 per cent of the vote. This was small comfort to the remaining two Tories on the council here.
This suggests to us that, where the Tories are no threat, the electorate is increasingly choosing to ditch the Labour Party in favour of a party which, in addition to being anti-Conservative, is non-conservative.
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