The Labour Party have managed a comfortable hold in the Stoke Central by-election. Candidate Gareth Snell won with 7,853 votes, with UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall coming close behind with 5,233 votes. This translates into a majority of 2,620 votes.
Nuttall was initially seen as the favourite to win the by-election, but a series of considerable gaffes ruined his chances of success. Snell was not without scandal, however, with his Tweets causing the Labour Party considerable grief.
In his victory speech, Snell said Stoke had “chosen the politics of hope over the politics of fear”.
He added, “This city will not allow ourselves to be defined by last year’s referendum and we will not allow ourselves to be divided by the result”
The results are noticeable almost the same as the 2015 General Election’s result for the constituency.