For Prime Minister Rishi Sunak the results were “disappointing”, Labor Sir Keir Starmer claimed his party was heading for power and Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey sported a “Cheshire cat” smile. What do this week’s local elections in England show about the likely direction of the next general election? Presenter George Parker talks to columnist Stephen Bush, Northern England correspondent Jennifer Williams and the FT’s new Whitehall editor, Lucy Fisher.

Presented by George Parker. Produced by Anna Dedhar and Josh Gabert-Doyon. The executive producer is Manuela Zaragoza. The sound engineer is Breen Turner and the FT’s head of audio is Cheryl Brumley.

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