Missy reporting from the UK:
Yesterday there were two by elections in ‘safe’ Labour seats, Stoke on Trent and Copeland.
In Stoke Labour held on, despite it being the ‘Brexit Capital’ of the UK, and some thinking that UKIP could pull it off. Thought it should be noted that Labour won with a smaller majority (5179 in 2015, 2620 in 2017), and lost approximately 2% of its share of the votes, the same number UKIP went up by. It is thought by some that Nuttal (UKIP candidate) lost ground after he was forced to apologise for an untrue claim on his website that he lost good friends at Hillsborough.
Copeland is the real talking point this morning. The Conservatives took out Copeland, a safe Labour seat, the first time a Governing party has won a by election since 1982. Labour has held Copeland since it was formed in 1983, and has lost it with an approximate 3% swing to the Conservatives.
Copeland is reliant on the Nuclear Power Plant for their economy, and many voters believed that Corbyn would not protect their jobs and livelihoods – a damning indictment on a party that is supposed to be for the workers. Labour campaigned on the NHS, but discovered that wasn’t what was important to the voters there. Some believe that unless there are some major changes Labour are heading for a catastrophic defeat in 2020.