Labour have suffered big losses in the local elections, including the loss of overall control of Glasgow council for the first time in nearly 40 years. UKIP has been almost obliterated, failing to win a single seat in its supposed heartland. The Conservatives have taken control of five councils in England and Wales and also made headway in Scotland.
None of this bodes well for Ruth Cadbury and Rupa Huq, Labour general election candidates in two of the most marginal seats in the country. Ruth Cadbury, candidate for Brentford & Isleworth, acknowledges “it’s a challenge” but says it’s a challenge that she’s ready to meet. She talked to Bridget Osborne at the Clayton Hotel Chiswick about her chances of re-election.