Sunak faces PMQs in wake of Tory council election losses

The Tories gave up control of almost 50 councils across England while opposition parties all made considerable gains.

Rishi Sunak is to face Prime Minister’s Questions for the first time since the Conservative party suffered heavy local council election losses in England.

The Tories lost 957 seats and ceded control of 48 councils, while Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Greens all made gains.

Opposition leader Keir Starmer ruled out a pact with the SNP ahead of next year’s general election, but could remain open to a similar arrangement with the Lib Dems.

Sunak is also likely to come under fire amid the cost of living crisis, with interest rates expected to hit their highest level in 15 years this week.

And the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is expected to criticise the government’s controversial Illegal Migration Bill when it returns for its second reading in the House of Lords.

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