Local Elections 2022: Spiralling cost of living and prime minister's future in focus as local elections draws near

Britain's cost expenses compress and the upcoming of the prime minister have taken the spotlight as party leaders handed over their last communication to electorates a night before of provincial elections.Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said Thursday's provincial  elections, in which thousands of seats beyond England, Scotland and Wales will be open to application, was "a chance to send a message to the government about their abject failure".

But Prime Minister Boris Johnson assured that it was his Conservative party that would be the best choice "if you want help with your family budgets and you want to make sure you've got more at the end of the month".

The last day of door to door came against this  background of the prime minister's recent regrets  after being mulcted for violation of lockdown rules in Downing Street in 2020  in addition to embarrassing  questions for Sir Keir about a meeting  in Durham last year.

Sir Ed Davey, the Liberal Democrat leader, said that on Thursday  electorates  "with that pencil... can send a message: get rid of Boris Johnson" - and allege that lifelong Tories were saying they would never vote for the party again while Mr Johnson was in charge.

Meanwhile new statistics  again foregrounded the swirling standard of living as industry data showing that shop prices last month climbed at the sheerest pace in more than a decade.

Environment Secretary George Eustice informed Sky News that consumers should try to make savings by "going for some of the value brands", prompting Labour accuse the Tories of being "out of touch" and the Liberal Democrats to suggest they were "living in a parallel universe".

Mr Johnson, talking while on a door- to-door in Southampton, said: "The best future for the country is get through the tough patch we have now, support people in any way that we can, but remember we are now seeing a lot of employment and people in high-wage, high-skilled jobs."

The prime minister has refused to accept opposition shouts for a capital gains tax on the likes of BP and Shell - which are acquiring bounteous earnings  from high energy prices - to pay for more help for families.

Mr Johnson contend that coaxing those companies to put money into "more green energy and to help keep costs down" was "a much, much better solution than clobbering them and dissuading them, stopping them from making that investment".

The prime minister, who has seen backbench uneasiness flicker up since his COVID fine, demand forcefully  that he was positive in his forthcoming, replying  to question about even if he would still be in place at the next election with "of course, of course, of course".

In Wakefield, Labour leader Sir Keir while replying Mr Eustice's remarks about rising prices had said: "Talk about out of touch, out of ideas and out of excuses.

"So, tomorrow really is a chance to send a message to the government about their abject failure and to vote for a Labour Party that is on their side."

On the question of a meeting in April 2021, when he was pictured  drinking a beer with colleagues while campaigning in Durham - and the subject matter of which has brought up  in recent days - Sir Keir claim he had had no contact with police and accused Conservatives of "mudslinging".

"We were working, we stopped, we ate. No breach of the rules. No party.

"What this mudslinging tells me is that the Conservatives have no answer to the central issue, which is the cost of living crisis."

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