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Have the Tories avoided a local election catastrophe?

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Rishi Sunak can breathe a (small) sigh of relief. Ben Houchen, the so-called ‘patron saint of the red wall’, has won a third term as Tees Valley mayor. Houchen secured 53.6 per cent of the vote with Labour in second place with 41.3 per cent, despite some polls in advance suggesting it was neck-and-neck between the Tories and Labour. The Conservatives have undeniably had one of their worst nights for a generation, but are there some silver linings? 

James Heale speaks to Katy Balls and Fraser Nelson. 

Produced by Natasha Feroze and Oscar Edmondson. 


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