Former Conservative minister Nick Boles has revealed he voted Labour for the primary time since Tony Blair’s 1997 basic election landslide.
It comes as polling stations closed within the native elections throughout England, Scotland, and Wales, with voters casting their ballots in 1000’s of council seats to pick native representatives.
Mr Boles – the previous Tory MP for Grantham and Stamford – tweeted earlier on Thursday: “First time I’ve voted Labour since an equally wonderful Might morning in 1997”.
Mr Boles, who served in David Cameron’s authorities, give up the Conservatives in April 2019, after accusing his former social gathering of failing to compromise over Brexit and walked out of the Commons chamber.
First elected below the Tory banner on the 2010 election, he remained as an Unbiased MP till November 2019 earlier than deciding he wouldn’t search re-election as a snap election sought by Boris Johnson.
After sharing his determination to vote Labour on Thursday, Mr Boles additionally retweeted a message from Sir Keir Starmer, which learn: “In the present day is our probability to ship the Tories a message they will’t ignore: Britain deserves higher.”
“Make a plan to vote and inform your family and friends to do the identical,” it added.
In England, greater than 4,000 councillors in 146 councils had been standing for election in main cities together with Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham and all 32 London boroughs.
All of Scotland’s 32 councils – final contested in 2017 – and 22 Welsh councils are additionally up for grabs.
With counting now underway, the primary outcomes, together with main Labour London targets of Wandsworth and Barnet, are anticipated to declare within the early hours of Friday morning.
The outcomes will probably be thought of a serious mid-term check for the Conservatives amid the continuing Partygate scandal, with police nonetheless investigating occasions in No 10, and the deepening concern over the cost-of-living disaster.
Writing for The Unbiased earlier than voters headed to the polls, the polling knowledgeable professor Sir John Curtice claimed: “At first look, the omens will not be good for Boris Johnson.
“His social gathering exhibits no signal of recovering the ballot lead it loved on this parliament till his probity and ethics grew to become the topic of controversy. On common the Conservatives presently path Labour by six factors. That represents as a lot as a nine-point swing for the reason that 2019 basic election.”
He urged the election might “properly produce Tory losses of some hundred seats – however it might not essentially seem like a tsunami that threatened to brush Johnson out of Downing Avenue”.