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Labour triumphs in Blackpool as Tories suffer heavy losses

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It’s looking like the worst night for the Conservatives in 40 years. The prediction – that the Tories will lose about half of the council seats they are defending – looks on track so far. Labour comfortably won the Blackpool South by-election with a 26 per cent swing and it has also taken several key councils, including Rushmoor which has been Tory-run for the last 24 years. A Gaza backlash has seen Labour lose Oldham while the Conservatives have suffered a string of council losses, coming within 120 votes being beaten by Reform in Blackpool.

Oscar Edmondson speaks to Katy Balls and Fraser Nelson. 

Produced by Oscar Edmondson. 


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