The Conservatives currently control only eight of London’s 32 boroughs outright. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
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Voters in London are expected to punish Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party at local government elections this week that could embolden critics of her Brexit strategy, but are not expected to trigger her downfall. London and some other regions will Thursday elect the local officials in charge of day-to-day public spending – a vote as much about issues like refuse collection and road repairs as it is about the national debate on immigration and May's plan to take Britain out of the European Union after a 2016 referendum.The elections are seen as a bellwether of public sentiment and polls show voters are ready to deliver a critical verdict on both May's leadership and her party's eight years spent pursuing a policy of public spending cuts to shore up Britain's finances.A YouGov survey published on April 26 gave the opposition Labour Party, led by Jeremy Corbyn, a 22 percentage point lead over the Conservatives in London, putting it on course for its best performance in the capital for 40 years.The party won 54.5 percent of votes in London last year – more than any other party for at least 70 years.
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