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Will the Red Wall or beergate seal Keir Starmer’s fate?

While the Tories had a bad time at the local elections, Labour’s win was not clear-cut.

By Anoosh Chakelian, Freddie Hayward and Ben Walker

Voters in many areas deserted the Conservatives in last week’s local elections, yet this was not a comprehensive victory for Labour.

Anoosh Chakelian is joined by the New Statesman’s polling expert Ben Walker and political reporter Freddie Hayward to discuss the headline results and whether Labour has achieved the sea change it needs ahead of the next general election.

Next, they turn to Northern Ireland and Sinn Féin’s historic victory, gaining the most seats (27) in the assembly of any party and the right to appoint the first minister. They discuss the result and what it will mean for the country’s future.

Then in You Ask Us, a listener asks: is there any upside to beergate for Keir Starmer?

If you have a question for You Ask Us, email

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