The sacking comes as both the Liberal Democrats and the SNP made clear the price they paid for supporting Sir Keir Starmer’s party in a majority-less parliament.
Mhairi Black, deputy leader of the SNP in Westminster, said her party’s MPs would “put Scotland in the driving seat of a UK minority government, and ensure that the power to determine Scotland’s future is transferred to Edinburgh.”
Sir Ed Davey, the Lib Dem leader, told the BBC’s Sunday With Laura Kuenssberg that electoral reform was “very important” to his party.
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In Thursday’s local elections in England, Labor moved to become the largest party in local government, beating out the Conservatives for the first time since 2002.
They won more than 500 seats on Friday night, while the Tories exceeded even their most pessimistic expectations, losing more than 1,000 councillors.
However, the level of support won by Labor this week may not be enough to give them an outright majority in the House of Commons.
To win the general election, the party would need a lead of about eight points in the polls to secure a majority.
The final national equivalent vote quota calculated by the local election Pundits Michael Thrasher and Colin Rallings give Labor a seven-point lead this weekend.
Crucially, that calculation does not take into account Scotland or London, where there were no council elections.
According to the Sunday Times, party strategists expect them to win between 15 and 20 Scottish seats in the next general election.
When asked about working with other parties to form a government, Wes Streeting told the BBC: “We’re just not in the ballpark of talking about coalition governments.”
The shadow health The secretary also told the show: “We think we can win a majority, people wouldn’t have said that after the last general election, that’s what we’re working for, that’s what we’re fighting for, and I think people can go with confidence to the polls in the next general election knowing that a Labor government is possible and within our reach.
He said: “The reason David Cameron got a majority in 2015 was because we turned around and ran for a bunch of seats in the south of England where the Lib Dems versus the Conservative places are.
“So a Lib Dem recovery in those areas is not somehow a risk to the Labor majority, it’s a path to a Labor majority. And, of course, only Labor can get a majority.”
When asked that the local election results do not show Labor can be confident of a majority in the next general election, Streeting said: “The local election results on Thursday night were exactly that, election results. local, not a prediction of the next general election.
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Meanwhile, Sir Ed has categorically ruled out a coalition with the Tories.
He told the BBC: “No. I’ve spent my whole life fighting conservatives.”
He said he “fought them every day” previously in David Cameron’s coalition, adding: “When I became party leader, I made it very clear that my job was to get the Conservatives out of government.”
Asked about the prospect of a coalition with Labour, he said: “That’s a hypothetical question because we don’t know what’s going to happen after the next election.”
Telling him he ruled out working with the Conservatives but not with Labour, he said: “The focus is on getting rid of Conservative MPs. I don’t apologize for that.”
He added: “What I want to do is win a lot of seats, mainly from the Conservatives, some from the SNP. Then you will have plenty of Lib Dem MPs capable of pushing Lib Dem policies whatever the mix of the next Parliament.
Asked if a change to the electoral system was the price of working with Labour, he said his party would put forward policies in a number of areas, adding: “Electoral reform is very important to Liberal Democrats.”
He said: “PR (proportional representation) is absolutely on the table for the Lib Dems. Of course it is, has been for years.”
In a statement, released on Saturday, Ms Black said that in the event of a hung parliament, the SNP would force Labor to the left.
She said: “At the next election, voting SNP is the best way to block Tories out of Scotland.
“A strong team of SNP MPs would put Scotland in the driving seat of a UK minority government and ensure that the power to determine Scotland’s future is transferred to Edinburgh.
“With Keir Starmer’s pro-Brexit party increasingly indistinguishable from the Tories, the SNP would drag Labor to the left and demand real change.
“Starmer’s U-turns light up brexittuition fees, nationalization, electoral reform and so many other issues show that he cannot be trusted.
“The SNP would keep Labor honest, ensure a strong voice for Scotland and progressive change across the UK, including investment in the NHS and public services.
“Voting SNP would put the choice over Scotland’s future in Scotland’s hands, ensure that the cost of living crisis becomes Westminster’s top priority and rebuild our relations with Europe.”
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Meanwhile, the prime minister is under pressure over poor results.
Rishi Sunak and his cabinet are reportedly being criticized for staying away from the election campaign.
Conservatives loyal to Boris Johnson have placed the blame for the losses solely on Sunak’s shoulders.
Lord Cruddas tweeted: “These local election results and the dire polls leading up to them are a reflection of the disunity in the Conservative Party caused by the 1922 committee and MPs removing two sitting Prime Ministers and installing a leader rejected by members.
David Campbell Bannerman, former MEP and Chairman added: “This is down to Rishi – the plot against Boris and ineffective leadership when this Tory Macbeth seized the Tory crown. Remember that Boris turned the local disaster of May 2019 into [Theresa] May to the triumph of a majority of 80 seats in December 2019. Sunak has had the same amount of time and failed.
Speaking of the defeats suffered by the Conservatives in Thursday’s local elections in England, Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer admitted it was a “difficult result” for her party.