In a surprising outcome in this week’s local elections, the Women’s Equality Party has its first ever elected councillor — and not even a former prime minister could get in the way. Stacy Hart’s victory in Hatch Warren & Beggarwood came days after Theresa May canvassed for the Tory candidate in the constituency. What’s more, it means the WEP has one more elected councillor than Reform UK, whose council representatives have otherwise defected from other parties — despite Richard Tice’s party polling at 16% nationally.

Reform ran over 300 candidates in the local election, but its main concern for the night was the Blackpool South by-election where it finished third, trailing the Conservatives by a tiny 117 votes. Would a Reform-WEP electoral pact shift the dial?