Unlike most prime ministers, Boris Johnson entered Downing Street an already unpopular figure. At the start of 2022 his numbers bore close resemblance to those seen by Gordon Brown and Theresa May in their final few weeks at Number 10.
The 2021 local elections were held as voters recovered from a long winter lockdown. The Covid-19 vaccine rollout and the perceived success of the government’s Brexit deal had bolstered the Conservative Party’s support significantly beforehand, allowing the Tories to replicate their 2019 general election performance in most areas. By contrast, Labour went backwards, while the Greens started to make considerable progress in both urban and rural seats. Use our map to explore more