Both Paul Nuttall and Jeremy Corbyn faced setbacks last night as Tories won the seat in Copeland, and Labour held off a challenge from UKIP to keep its seat in Stoke-on-Trent.

In Copeland: Trudy Harrison won with 13,748 votes, while Labour’s Gillian Troughton got 11,601 votes.

Copeland was an unmitigated disaster for Corbyn since the party has held that seat since 1935.

In Stoke: Labour’s Gareth Snell won with 7,853 votes, while UKIP leader Paul Nuttall got 5,233 votes.

Nuttall was so annoyed at losing that he walked out without even a concession speech.

Labour’s Gareth Snell said last night:

To those who came to sow hatred & division in Stoke, I have one simple message, you have failed.

The results were affected by the EU Referendum, but not in the way Labour expected.

In both constituencies, the Lib Dem share of the vote went up, as Remain voters flocked to the only party offering clear opposition to Brexit.

Professor John Curtice pointed out last night:

Labour seems to have decided in recent weeks that its first priority is to stave off the threat from Ukip to its traditional working-class vote, much of which supposedly voted to leave in the EU referendum.

But in so doing it seems to have forgotten (or not realised) that most of those who voted Labour in 2015 – including those living in Labour seats in the North and the Midlands – backed remain. The party is thus at greater risk of losing votes to the pro-remain Liberal Democrats than to pro-Brexit Ukip.

Labour need to urgently realise its pro-Brexit stance is losing them core voters too

  1. I have been a Labour Party member for 30 years. I did not vote for Jeremy Cobyn in the first or second leadership contest. I told branch meetings he was unelectable and Labour could not win a General Election. Ironically I voted for Yvette Cooper 1st time round because I wanted a female leader. I usually canvass in byelections and I canvassed in the General Election. This time I could not bring myself to get involved. I knew if Labour lost it would bring the end to Jeremy’s leadership at bit closer. There are 193,000 members of the Party who feel the same way. Most, if we could, would join a New Labour political party and leave Jeremy and his Momentum supporters to face electoral oblivion.

    The moderates are staying at home and refusing to get involved. No wonder the Tories are cock a hoop. Jeremy and his clique are a gift. They are letting down those in poverty and the working class who need an effective opposition.

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