The Conservative Party have triumphed in the Copeland By-Election. Their candidate, Trudy Harrison, won with a f 13,748 votes against Labour’s Gillian Troughton, who got 11,601 votes. This leaves Harrison with a majority of 2,147.
This comes after a long-fought campaign on issues such as the NHS, and the area’s strong nuclear energy industry.
Harrison declined to make a victory speech.
This represents the first Government gain in a by-election since the Mitcham and Morden by-election in 1983, where the Labour MP defected to the Social Democratic Party and split the Labour vote, causing a Tory success.