The Tories suffered sobering losses in local elections across England in the last big electoral test before a general election.

Labour also trounced the Tories in the parliamentary by-election in Blackpool South - with Reform running a close third in that seat. The FT’s Whitehall editor Lucy Fisher is joined by Political Fix regulars Robert Shrimsley and Miranda Green to comb through the results.

Plus, the team is joined by James Kanagasooriam, chief research officer at polling firm Focaldata to dive into the details.

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