Local Election 2018 Preview: Plymouth

22 April 2018

Current Make Up: Con 27 Lab 27 LD 0 Others 3

Control: NOC

Projection: Toss-Up

Plymouth represents a true toss-up between Labour and the Conservatives, with the balance of the council delicately poised between them. A Third of the seats are up for election this time round, and Labour will be eager to make gains here at the Tories’ expense. The history of the council since it gained unitary status in 1997 reflects its marginal nature. Labour were in control between 1997 and 2000, then it was Tory-run, then Labour again between 2003 and 2007, then Tory until 2012, then Labour until 2015, and now it is under No Overall Control… keeping up? The 3 ‘Other’ seats are held by UKIP, who are currently supporting the Conservatives on the council, while the Lib Dems very rarely gain presence. A good night for Labour would see them make gains in close councils like Plymouth’s.

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