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Local elections meet Brexit: 'Trust is gone' DISCUSSION - BBC Newsnight

Published on 19 Mar 2020 / In News & Politics

The English local elections deliver a blow to the government and indicate a shift in British politics.
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Conservatives lost 1,334 councillors, with prime minister Theresa May saying voters wanted the main parties to "get on" with Brexit.

But the strongly pro-EU Lib Dems gained 703 seats, with the Greens and independents also making gains. Labour meanwhile, lost 82 seats.

Where does this leave the state of UK politics and democracy and what does it say about the upcoming European elections?

Polly MacKenzie, former special adviser to Deputy PM Nick Clegg, Suzanne Evans, spokesperson for Leavers of Britain, Laura Trott, former special adviser to David Cameron and Labour list editor Sienna Rodgers discuss the significance of the results.

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