Election results – live: Sinn Fein become Stormont’s largest party for the first time

Tories lose Wandsworth as Boris Johnson faces backlash from his own advisers

Sinn Fein hailed a “new era” for Northern Ireland by becoming Stormont’s largest party for the first time and pushing the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) into second place.

Irish Nationalist Party deputy chair Michelle O’Neill said it was a ‘watershed moment for our politics and our people’ and said she wanted to ‘work together’ with the DUP to restore the peace accords. power sharing at Stormont.

Sinn Fein won 27 seats and 29% of first-preference votes, compared to 23 seats and 21.3% of first-preference votes for the DUP – raising the prospect of Ireland’s first-ever nationalist prime minister.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, whose Nationalist Party has also made gains in local elections, said earlier it would be an ‘amazing result’ if Sinn Fein came out on top and ‘something that seemed impossible there not so long ago”.

In England, the Tories have so far recorded a loss of almost 500 seats in local elections as well as a series of flagship councils, including the London boroughs of Wandsworth and Westminster.

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Sinn Fein hails ‘new era’ in Northern Ireland as Nationalists become largest party for first time

Sinn Fein hailed a ‘new era’ for Northern Ireland as the Irish Nationalist Party swept through history and emerged as the biggest political force in Stormont for the first time.

Michelle O’Neill, the leader of the party north of the border, has challenged the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to abandon its obsession with Brexit checks and ‘work together’ to restore the power-sharing executive power that collapsed in February.

‘Today represents a very significant moment of change, it’s a defining moment for our politics and our people,’ Ms O’Neill said after Republicans won the most votes and most seats for the first time since the establishment of the country’s political institutions. one century ago.

Sinn Fein won 27 seats and 29% of first-preference votes, compared to 23 seats and 21.3% of first-preference votes for the DUP – raising the prospect of Ireland’s first-ever nationalist prime minister.

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Labor loses control of Tower Hamlets

Labor lost control of London’s Tower Hamlets council to the Aspire party, after winning 24 of the council’s 45 seats, with two seats yet to be declared.

On Friday, Aspire’s Lutfur Rahman beat Labor incumbent John Biggs to become the elected mayor of Tower Hamlets. It’s a remarkable turnaround, seven years after Rahman was removed from office for multiple violations of election law.

He was banned from political life for five years after an election commissioner ruled he had “drove a coach and horses under election law”.

Joe MiddletonMay 7, 2022 6:43 p.m.

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DUP leader says party is doing ‘extremely well’ despite Sinn Fein’s success

DUP leader says party is doing ‘extremely well’ despite Sinn Fein’s success

Joe MiddletonMay 7, 2022 6:36 p.m.

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Leaked memo reveals ‘Beergate’ schedule

A leaked memo published by the Mail on Sunday said dinner in Durham had been scheduled for Sir Keir’s campaign day in April 2021.

The document says there would be a “dinner at Miners Hall” with Durham City MP Mary Foy from 8.40pm to 10pm.

The only business listed after dinner is for Sir Keir to walk back to his hotel – he has previously claimed he ‘stopped to eat’ and continued to work after the meal, claiming ‘the idea that no one working at 10 p.m. is absurd”.

Foreign Secretary James Cleverly accused the Labor leader of ‘hypocrisy and dishonesty’ over the beergate row.

Mr Cleverly said: ‘Starmer claimed it was an impromptu curry. Turns out it was pre-planned.

“Starmer claimed there was no food served anywhere. Turns out a lot of places did.

“(Angela) Rayner claimed she wasn’t there. Turns out she was. Hypocrisy and dishonesty in equal measure.

A spokesperson for Starmer’s office said: ‘Keir was working, a take-out meal was made available in the kitchen and he ate between work requests. No rules were broken.”

Lawyer Adam Wagner, an expert on Covid rules, said the fact the take-out dinner was pre-arranged makes it “more likely” to be deemed “reasonably necessary” for the job.

Joe MiddletonMay 7, 2022 6:18 p.m.

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I used to defend and promote the fur trade – now I want Boris Johnson to ban it

Having seen the horrors of fur farming, I can no longer in good conscience say that my right to choose cruelty is more important than an animal’s right not to be harmed and killed, writes Mike Moser.

Joe MiddletonMay 7, 2022 6:07 p.m.

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Starmer hails Labor election results in Scotland

Labor has achieved its best result north of the border for a decade, Sir Keir Starmer has said after the party ousted the Tories to claim second place in Scottish politics.

The UK party leader made a whirlwind visit to Scotland following the party’s ‘fantastic’ results in local council elections – which he says have made Labor the alternative to the ‘dividing SNP’.

Sir Keir joined Scottish leader Anas Sarwar and deputy Scottish leader Jackie Baillie in Balloch, West Dunbartonshire, where Labor will form a majority administration in the local authority.

Across Scotland, local elections saw Labor increase its councilor count by 20, with the party regaining second place after the Conservatives lost seats.

Sir Keir said he traveled north ‘because we had a fantastic set of results, the best results for 10 years, coming second in Scotland’.

He added that “there is a smile on all of our faces” stating that “labor is very clearly back on the ground, and we are turning the corner, and now we are marching towards this general election”.

The UK Labor leader continued: ‘We did very well, we won in the north (of England) I was in Cumberland, Carlisle, yesterday where we won, we won in the south in Southampton, we took place in London, people said we would never take it, did very well in Wales and here in Scotland, best results for a decade.

“Anas Sarwar has been a leader here for 14 months and he’s really turned things around, we’re back on the pitch, we’re the alternative to the divisive SNP here in Scotland.”

His comments came after Mr Sarwar insisted Labor will not settle for second place – making it clear the party will fight for a return to Downing Street at the next general election.

Joe MiddletonMay 7, 2022 5:48 p.m.

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Sadiq Khan comments on ‘historic results’ of local elections after Labor Party gains in London

Sadiq Khan comments on ‘historic results’ of local elections after Labor Party gains in London

Joe MiddletonMay 7, 2022 5:29 p.m.

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Pro-choice activists stage a protest outside the US Consulate in Edinburgh

Pro-choice activists staged a protest outside the US Consulate in Edinburgh following a leaked court document that could lead to abortion bans in some states.

Dozens of people gathered in Regent Terrace on Saturday afternoon for the ‘Rally for Reproductive Rights’ organized by Rainbow Greens and supported by Back Off Scotland and the Scottish Trans Alliance.

There have been protests across the US and elsewhere after reports based on leaked documents suggested the US Supreme Court may be set to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

This raised fears that up to half of all US states could then introduce dismissal bans.

Lucy Grieve, from Back Off Scotland, which campaigns for the introduction of buffer zones around clinics that provide abortion services in Scotland, said the protest in Edinburgh went well.

She said: “It was a good turnout and it was obviously to show solidarity after the devastating news from the US following the Roe v Wade leak this week.

“It was also a good opportunity to look at our own abortion rights policy and where we are and where we need to firm up our policy.”

There have been fresh calls for buffer zones outside clinics in Scotland following news from the United States.

Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon said progress on buffer zones outside abortion clinics would be made “as soon as possible”.

Joe MiddletonMay 7, 2022 5:16 p.m.

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Activists disrupt Priti Patel’s speech to protest Rwanda’s ‘morally bankrupt’ asylum plan

A group of activists interrupted a speech by Priti Patel at a Conservative event to protest the government’s controversial plan to relocate asylum seekers to Rwanda.

Activists from Green New Deal Rising – a climate campaigner and social justice group – successfully infiltrated a spring dinner party hosted by Bassetlaw Tories which featured the Home Secretary as a guest speaker.

Video footage posted online by the group showed an activist interrupting Ms Patel as she began to speak and called the Home Secretary’s plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda an ‘inhumane’ policy which “will ruin people’s lives”.

Joe MiddletonMay 7, 2022 5:05 p.m.

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Job not ‘entertaining’ prospect of Keir Starmer quitting, ally says

Job not ‘entertaining’ prospect of Keir Starmer quitting, ally says

Joe MiddletonMay 7, 2022 4:50 p.m.

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