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Tories demand Rishi Sunak ‘deliver’ on pledges after ‘wake-up call’ local election results

Tories ‘not far off rock bottom’ of John Major’s support in the 1990s after local election losses

Kate Devlin,Archie Mitchell,Jon Stone
Friday 05 May 2023 19:47 BST
Tories suffer losses in first local elections under Rishi Sunak's government

Rishi Sunak is under pressure from senior Conservatives to deliver on his flagship pledges after his own party chair described the disastrous local election results as a “wake-up call”.

The prime minister was dealt a major blow in his first election test as the Tories lost dozens of councils to Labour and the Lib Dems, leading to comparisons with the dire days of the mid-1990s.

His MPs warned that voters now needed to see tangible improvements in the NHS and the economy before next year’s general election if they were to vote for the Tories.

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