Published: Sat, February 25, 2017
Medical | By Dorothy Lyons

'I won't resign': Corbyn staying put after Copeland by-election fail


Conservative Trudy Harrison won the seat in a special election in Copeland, a rural district in the far north of England that has always been a Labour stronghold.

After David Cameron took power in 2010, Labour has seen its numbers dwindle, the party split into various factions in the leadership election, and has been completely unable to effectively get itself together.

"I was elected to lead this party". He said defiantly Friday that he is "proud" to lead the party and will continue to focus on the future of Britain's financially strained National Health Service as well as the issues of social care and housing. "We are on course to a historic and catastrophic defeat and that will have very serious consequences for all of the communities that we represent".

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Labour's victory in Stoke is a decisive rejection of UKIP's politics of division and dishonesty. Conservative Trudy Harrison defeated Labour's Gillian Troughton by over 2,000 votes, in what was considered to be an upset.

"Corbyn is the leader of the Labour Party, so while he should not be held exclusively responsible for Labour's downturn, he must now take responsibility for turning things around".

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He added that defeat proved Corbyn was "simply not acceptable to a large number of people who would normally vote Labour", according to the Evening Standard. Both constituencies, like so many in Britain, have been let down by the political establishment.

Mr Corbyn was defiant when he was asked whether he should "fall on his sword" following the loss of Copeland. "We can, we will, and we will win", said the Labour leader, who left without taking questions from reporters.

Baroness Smith, Labour's leader in the Lords and a shadow Cabinet member, told the Huffington Post that Mr Corbyn would be "thinking long and hard" about the Copeland result.

"And can I thank everyone who worked so hard in this campaign when many in the media wrote us off, and said UKIP are going to win that place, UKIP are going to take it - I'll tell you what happened yesterday - people came out, worked, knocked on doors, it's a message about the economy, it's a message about jobs, it's a message about this country".

"We mustn't bury our head in the sand - this is a very bad election result for us", she said.

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