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Why the Peterborough by-election result should strike terror into the two main parties

Labour just about held on but there is huge public dissatisfaction with the traditional duopoly

By Peter Kellner  

Newly elected Labour MP Lisa Forbes gives her speech. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/PA Images

The Peterborough by-election was the opposite of Alice in Wonderland’s caucus race. Instead of the Dodo announcing that “everybody has won, and all must have prizes,” the returning officer in the early hours of this morning might as well have said: “nobody has won, and none shall have prizes.”

To be sure, Lisa Forbes will take her seat next week as Labour’s newest MP. Jeremy Corbyn will feel that he has a bit more breathing…

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