Theresa May is bracing herself for a difficult night, with fears of a near wipe-out in London after today’s local elections.
The Tories believe they could be left with just two councils in the capital.
However, experts predict that although the party will probably lose seats overall, their vote could hold up much better outside London.
Mrs May told voters yesterday that if they wanted good local services and low council tax, they had no option but to vote Conservative.
The party’s chairman Brandon Lewis warned families they faced the threat of waking up to a town hall led by Labour’s hard-left Momentum activists unless they support the Tories today.
Millions of voters will go to the polls in more than 4,000 seats across England today.
Analysts expect the Conservatives to shed around 75, with Labour gaining around 200. The Liberal Democrats are expected to add around 30 seats.
For Ukip, the night is set to be little less than a disaster, with a real possibility they could lose all 125 seats they won in 2014.
Much of the night’s attention will be in London, where Labour has talked up the prospect of taking strongholds such as Westminster and Wandsworth, both of which have been Conservative for decades.
Lord Hayward, a former Tory MP turned elections analyst, said: ‘If the Tories retain either Wandsworth or Westminster they will be pleased.’ He said turnout will ‘definitely