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Local elections: "possible major upsets" in Southwark and Lambeth

As Southwark and Lambeth prepare to go to the polls on Thursday, an elections expert has said that the two boroughs will be "exciting to watch for possible major upsets".

Both boroughs were under no overall control (NOC) after the 2002 elections. Southwark has been run by a minority Liberal Democrat administration whilst in Lambeth the Lib Dems and the Conservatives formed a coalition.

The report by the London Communications Agency in association with Tony Travers, director of the Greater London Group at the London School of Economics, predicts that both Southwark and Lambeth will remain under NOC but will be "exciting to watch for possible major upsets".

The report's verdict on Southwark is that "there is complex interplay between the Lib Dems and Lab in Southwark which means that the Council is most likely to remain NOC".

The report was compiled last month, before Labour's recent national difficulties.

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