Boris Johnson has admitted that the Conservatives had a “tough night” at the local elections as Labour captured the Tory strongholds of Westminster, Wandsworth and Barnet in London.
The prime minister said he took full responsibility for the results as Sir Keir Starmer’s party prevailed in a series of areas long held by the Tories in the capital.
Wandsworth had been a Tory stronghold for 44 years and was seen as the ‘jewel in the crown’ for the party, while Barnet and Westminster had never been held by Labour. London Mayor Sadiq Khan hailed the Wandsworth win as a “historic, joyous night for Labour”.
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