UK Labour Party leader Starmer says election is big turning point

British Labour Party leader Keir Starmer and wife Victoria Starmer walk outside a polling station during the local elections in Kentish Town, London, Britain May 5, 2022. Reuters/John Sibley

By Reuters

The leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party Keir Starmer said local election results were a turning point for the party, hailing gains in London from Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s ruling Conservatives.

“Fantastic result, absolutely fantastic. Believe you me, this is a big turning point for us from the depths of (the) 2019 general election,” he told party supporters in London.

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.