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Labour's Corbyn rebuffs calls to resign after Copeland election loss

Labour's Corbyn rebuffs calls to resign after Copeland election loss

British Prime Minister Theresa May and Conservative Party Copeland by-election victor Trudy Harrison.

The Conservatives say this is "the first time since 1878 that a governing party has made a comparable gain in a by-election".

Britain's Conservative party achieved a major upset when it won the Copeland seat in a byelection on Friday, defeating Labour in its stronghold.

"What we've seen from this victory is this truly is a government that's working for everyone and every part of the country - and that's the message that we bring here to Copeland and we'll take across the country".

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Matthew Goodwin, a politics professor at the University of Kent, told USA TODAY: "Under normal circumstances we would expect to see the main opposition party score gains at parliamentary by-elections, increasing their support and mounting a serious challenge to the incumbent government".

Labour supporting Daily Mirror newspaper was also scathing towards the result in Copeland.

Other frontbenchers in the Commons also privately stated the result in Copeland was far worse than Mr Corbyn and his closest allies publicly admit, with one supportive shadow cabinet member even saying: "It was a really bad night for us".

The Tories were blessed with an impressive local candidate in Trudy Harrison
The Tories were blessed with an impressive local candidate in Trudy Harrison

He added: "He will take the Labour Party into a general election and own the result, but if it reflects what has happened we are going down to 150 seats".

Mr Prentis said this was because members thought he could generate "meaningful change" but that he couldn't pretend that losing "lifelong Labour seats" was OK.

Stoke and Copeland share a sense of being neglected, perhaps why both constituencies voted Leave in the European Union referendum.

"There's a lot more to come from us", he said.

Thus, a traditionally Labour-voting constituency felt it was unable to vote for a party led by someone who has long campaigned against the biggest employer in the region, dependent for decades on the nuclear industry.

At the same time, the pro-EU Liberal Democrats saw modest boosts in both seats, eating into the Labour vote.

Before we go nattering on about history and political repercussions, let's cover the basics: a by-election is a system for filling seats which have become vacant in between general elections.

He said: "The Copeland meltdown is at Len McCluskey's door".

"It was a stunning result", she said.

Labour's shadow chancellor John McDonnell expressed disappointment at the result in Copeland, but insisted it was not a judgment on Corbyn's leadership.

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