There’s two things you need to note from UK’s local elections:
- Despite what looks to be a good result for Conservative London Mayor Boris Johnson, elsewhere the results look disastrous for David Cameron’s Tory government.
- The eurosceptic UK Independence Party (Ukip) has averaged 13% of the vote in the seats it contested, the Guardian reports. That’s a 5% surge over previous election results — and their best results ever. Meanwhile the far-right British National Party (BNP) is facing a complete meltdown.
The UK’s next general election is still years away (2015 most likely), but reports of a 39% share for the opposition Labour Party (against the Conservative’s 31%) are damning.
Don’t be surprised if we start to see Cameron turn increasingly eurosceptic — he’s going to be desperate to catch some of those Ukip voters before the next election.
And keep an eye on Boris Johnson. He may well play a key role in the UK Conservative’s future.
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