One of the key contentions in any local election is council tax.
We all think it’s always too high – plus the bins aren’t collected anywhere enough, and then there’s the never ending menace of potholes.
In a bid to offset these issues, John McDonnell has claimed members of the public would be willing to pay more in order to receive a better service.
The shadow chancellor said the message from the doorstep was that voters were concerned about the fabric of their communities and many were saying they would “rather pay a bit more to get a decent service”.
Mr McDonnell sought to damp down expectations, after Labour surged ahead in the polls, telling The Guardian: “It will be a good night, but we’re being set up by the Tories and the media, so if there’s a single Tory councillor left in this country we’ll have failed.”
Conservative chairman Brandon Lewis urged the party’s voters to turn out, warning that many results may be tight.
“We have to fight for every single seat,” Mr Lewis told The Sun. “Getting out the vote is all-important, there are councils which could be decided on hundreds of votes in various wards.”