Keir Starmer facing first electoral test this week

Labour fears another nightmare at the polls: Keir Starmer faces his first big test as leader after succeeding Jeremy Corbyn... but the Tories are predicting a night of big losses, too Sir Keir Starmer facing his first big challenge as Labour leader at local elections Polls suggest Tories pose a threat in MP by-election in 'Red Wall' Hartlepool seat Tories are also playing down expectations as Boris Johnson's poll lead narrows

By Martin Beckford For The Daily Mail

Published: 22:01 BST, 2 May 2021 | Updated: 22:02 BST, 2 May 2021

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Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer is facing a 'very difficult' first electoral test this week ahead of a historic vote that could have major implications for the future of his party.

Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy said the party was not expecting miracles on 'Super Thursday' – the biggest-ever range of elections to take place on one day in Britain – but insisted that the mood among voters is shifting as the Conservatives become mired in sleaze allegations.

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The Tories are also playing down expectations as Boris Johnson's poll lead narrows after the Mail's revelations about the redecoration of his Downing Street flat hit home with voters.

Miss Nandy told Sky News yesterday: 'I think they are really concerned about the way that this Prime Minister carries on and the way in which it seems to be one rule for them and one rule for everybody else, so I think people are starting to think again about Labour.'

Voters in England, Scotland and Wales will go to the polls on Thursday for contests in the devolved parliaments, regional mayors and local councils, with Labour expecting a 'very difficult' night

Voters in England, Scotland and Wales will go to the polls on Thursday for contests in the devolved parliaments, regional mayors and local councils, with Labour expecting a 'very difficult' night

But she went on: 'Whether that translates into good results at these local elections, I'm not sure; to be honest, we've got a big mountain to climb and it's going to take time to rebuild that trust.

'Whether or not we get a good set of results in these local elections, I think they are likely to still be very difficult for us.'

Miss Nandy also told the BBC: 'We're not expecting miracles on Thursday night.'

Voters in England, Scotland and Wales will between them choose 5,000 councillors, 39 police tsars, 13 mayors, 189 members of devolved parliaments, and one MP.

It is the first time that Labour leader Sir Keir's popularity will be tested at the polls as no elections have been held since he took over from Jeremy Corbyn last April

It is the first time that Labour leader Sir Keir's popularity will be tested at the polls as no elections have been held since he took over from Jeremy Corbyn last

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