Starmer pledges more transport devolution as Labour expects big gains

Next month sees widespread voting for local councils and mayors in England with the prospect of more gains for Labour. The polls will be seen as both a reflection of the country’s mood ahead of the General Election, but also feature a number of particular issues and some intriguing contests involving high-profile local political personalities. LTT surveys the scene

11 April 2024
Sir Keir Starmer MP

 

Expecting big gains in council seats next month, Labour launched its local election campaign fronted by leader Sir Keir Starmer and his deputy in the West Midlands just before Easter, promising more support on devolved policy initiatives in areas like local transport and claiming the Tories are failing to deliver on levelling up.

Starmer said Labour was looking to win in Dudley, where the launch took place, and across the country “from Hastings to Hartlepool”. But he warned...

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