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‘The voters have let us down!’ – Fury as ex-Labour council chief blames public for defeat

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The incendiary statement was made by Chris Emmas-Williams, formerly the head of Amber Valley Borough Council, who lost his seat to the Tories. Labour had a disastrous election across the country losing the Hartlepool by-election and a whole swath of council seats.

Speaking to Derbyshire Live after losing his seat Mr Emmas-Williams commented: “The voters have let us down.

“I hope they don’t live to regret it.”

Earlier he said: “It’s been a disastrous day for us.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been in an election with so acrimony and so many lies in campaign literature.”

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Labour suffered a dramatic electoral setback (Image: GETTY)

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The Tories won the Hartlepool by-election (Image: GETTY)

The Tories took control of councils for Harlow, Northumberland, Pendle, Nottinghamshire, Nuneaton, Dudley, Cornwall, Basildon and Maidstone.

Several of these were former Labour heartlands in the midlands and north of England.

They also lost Hartlepool, formerly a safe Labour seat, with the Conservative candidate getting over 50 percent of the vote.

Hartlepool voted heavily to leave the European Union during the 2016 referendum.

READ MORE: Local election results – Find out how your area voted HERE

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Boris Johnson with the new MP for Hartlepool (Image: GETTY)

Voters took to social media to express their outrage at Mr Emmas-Williams’ comment.

One posted: “Smart move to blame the voters – not.”

Another added: “Now that’s entitlement.”

A third posted: “Sore loser, good riddance.”

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Keir Starmer has been criticised for Labour’s electoral performance (Image: GETTY)

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Labour lost a string of councils in the midlands and north of England (Image: GETTY)

A fourth said: “This quote, more than any other, concisely explains why Labour are out in the wilderness.”

Labour did have some successes with Sadiq Khan being re-elected as mayor of London, though by a tighter margin than expected, whilst the party seized the west of England mayoralty.

The party also performed strongly in Wales taking Rhondda from former Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood and falling just one seat short of a Senedd majority.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer came in for sustained internal criticism for his role in the election debacle.

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He angered many on the Labour left by sacking Angela Rayner, Labour’s deputy leader, as party chair and campaign chief.

Former shadow chancellor John McDonnell claimed she was being used as a “scapegoat”.

Mr Johnson spoke in Hartlepool following his election win.

He said: “What happened in 2019 was that people mandated us to get Brexit done and to begin the process of uniting and levelling up.

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Hartlepool was a solid Labour seat (Image: GETTY)

“I think what’s happened now is they can see we did get Brexit done and to a certain extent they can see we delivered on that.

“I think what people want us to do now is get on with delivering on everything else. And so, number one is continuing the vaccine rollout – making sure we go from jabs, jabs, jabs to jobs, jobs, jobs.

“Make sure we have a strong economic recovery. But then get on with a massive project for this country – and it is a very ambitious thing.”

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