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Old 24.02.2017, 11:04
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Re: The Brexit referendum thread: potential consequences for GB, EU and the Brits in

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You think so? Losing a seat Labour has held since it was created 80 years ago?

"Mrs Harrison, who had been joined by Prime Minister Theresa May on the campaign trail, got 44.3% of the vote, increasing the Conservatives' vote share by more than 8%. She overturned a Labour majority of more than 2,564 to take the seat by 2,147 votes - a swing of more than 6%.

Professor John Curtice, of Strathclyde University, said the Copeland result was the best by-election performance by a governing party in terms of the increase in its share of the vote since January 1966."

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-39064149
Quite a smack for UKIP whose share of the vote fell in both, their star is fading now

Surprise that LibDem scored the biggest increase in Stoke (5.67%) and the second biggest in Copeland (3.8%); contrary to the people forecasting they would lose their deposit!

Labour's share fell in both which is surprising for an opposition party around two years after a general election; perhaps not so surprising

Of course the turnout was so poor in Stoke, 36.7%, it is dangerous to draw any firm conclusions.
Turnout: was 51.3% in Copeland.
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