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Labour facing ‘cataclysmic’ defeat in local polls

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Jeremy Corbyn: launching campaign (photo by Terry Murden – DB Services)

Labour is on course for a “cataclysmic” defeat in next month’s local elections, according to a new report.

The party is poised to lose Glasgow to the SNP and slip to third place in Edinburgh. Across the UK is is expected to lose 125 seats.

UKIP is also facing the loss of up to 90 seats as the party loses momentum following the EU referendum.

Polling expert Robert Hayward said that the results in Scotland will be “cataclysmic” for the Labour party.

The SNP is likely to maintain its current position in Scotland by gaining seats from Labour, but losing others to the Conservatives, including in Perth and Kinross.

Based on his findings, Lord Hayward said the Conservatives would be on course for a majority of more than 100 seats if Theresa May called a snap election this year.

His prediction came as Jeremy Corbyn prepares to launch Labour’s local election campaign tomorrow.

Analysis from the academics Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher predicted Labour would lose 50 seats in England, with the Tories gaining 50, the Liberal Democrats gaining 100 and Ukip losing 100.

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