Friday, 24 February 2017

Tories in historic by-election Copeland win as Labour holds Stoke



The Conservatives have won the Copeland by-election, beating Labour in an area it represented for more than 80 years.

 
Trudy Harrison won with 13,748 votes to Labour's Gillian Troughton's 11,601.


Mrs Harrison hailed the victory - the first by-election gain by a governing party since 1982 - as "a truly historic event".


Labour's Gareth Snell held Stoke-on-Trent Central with 7,853 votes, seeing off a challenge from UKIP leader Paul Nuttall who got 5,233.


Labour had held both seats since their creation but was forced to defend them when two former frontbenchers, Tristram Hunt and Jamie Reed, resigned as MPs.
Copeland, created in 1983, and its predecessor constituency Whitehaven have returned Labour MPs since 1935.





BBC   News.