There is no getting away from the fact that the local election results were very bad for us. Labour lost some excellent sitting councillors, who were doing a great job in holding the ruling Tories to account. And sadly none of our new candidates were able to get elected, despite their undoubted ability.

Yet really, the party was on a hiding to nothing. Not because of what we were doing in North East Lincolnshire, but because of the national pro-Tory trend.

In Wales Labour did a lot better than elsewhere, being the party in power so far as the Welsh Parliament is concerned. Thus they were able to dominate the news media and gain the electoral benefits from the vaccine roll out.

Here though it was Johnson always in your face, backed by medical experts to disguise his own (very considerable!) shortcomings. Other parties hardly got a look in, including our own Keir Starmer. So naturally when voters went to the polls, we struggled to do well.

Thankfully though life will soon get back to as near normal as possible. We won’t see Johnson and all the others on TV as frequently (thank goodness!), and there will be other games in town than Covid and the reaction to the virus.

Nationally we will be able to highlight the Tory failings over the NHS, and the insulting 1% pay offer to workers. Similarly the lack of any reform to social care funding will be a major issue, along with how to combat climate change without hitting workers in the pocket.

And in our own Borough we can stress the breaking of the Tory promise on waste disposal, while wasting money on the new Palm Tree folly.

Remember that less than a generation go Labour went down to as few as 4 council seats, compared to 8 today. It didn’t though take that long before we were in full control of North East Lincolnshire once more.

So let the fight back begin!

Tim Mickleburgh

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