Boris’s moment of truth: Key battlegrounds in local elections today

Boris Johnson is bracing for a battering over Partygate today as voters go to the polls in local elections – with the outcome in key battlegrounds set to decide his fate.

The PM has cast his own ballot in Westminster as Tories anxiously wait to assess the damage from the Downing Street scandal, with thousands of councillors being elected across the country.

A dire set of results could be terminal for Mr Johnson, as MPs mull whether to launch a coup bit after he was fined for breaking lockdown rules.

However, there have been wildly varying predictions about how bad it will be. Some experts have suggested the Conservatives face losing 800 councillors – while others point out that Labour performed very strongly in England in 2018, the last time most of the seats were contested.

Analysis for the New Statesman estimated that the Tories will be stripped of around 200, but most of the pain will be in Scotland, Wales and central London.

A total of 200 local authorities are holding elections on May 5 - including every seat in Scotland, Wales and London

A total of 200 local authorities are holding…

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