UK PM Johnson loses London strongholds

STORY: As early results on Friday (May 6) suggested Johnson, a former London mayor, was losing support in southeastern England, his supporters moved in quickly on Friday to say it was not time to oust a leader they said could still "get things done" to help the economy.

Johnson's party was ousted in Wandsworth, a low-tax Conservative stronghold since 1978, part of a trend in the British capital where voters used the elections to express anger over a cost-of-living crisis and fines imposed on the prime minister for breaking his own COVID-19 lockdown rules.

For the first time, the opposition Labour Party won the council of Westminster, a district where most government institutions are located.

The Conservatives also lost control of the borough of Barnet, which has been held by the party in all but two elections since 1964.

While visiting supporters in Barnet, north London, Labour leader Keir Starmer hailed an "absolutely fantastic" result for Labour as a "turning point" for the party following its hammering in the 2019 general election.

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