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Labour’s loss in Copeland is historic indeed

It is more worrying than the victory in Stoke is reassuring

By Tom Quinn  

Conservative candidate Trudy Harrison smiles after winning the Copeland by-election ©Peter Byrne PA Wire/PA Images

Labour has managed to avoid the indignity of losing two seats in by-elections to two different parties on the same day. But any relief at keeping UKIP at bay in Stoke-on-Trent Central will be outweighed by the far more consequential defeat to the Conservatives in Copeland. After almost seven years in opposition, Labour looks further away than ever from returning to government.

The party clung on in Stoke, with Gareth Snell beating UKIP candidate…

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