Jeremy Corbyn: ‘I will not step down’ over poll loss

Media captionJeremy Corbyn: “It’s a day of disappointment in Copeland” Jeremy Corbyn says he will not step down following Labour’s Copeland by-election loss to the Conservatives. The Labour leader said the result was disappointing but he had been elected twice and was “proud” to continue. Shadow chancellor John McDonnell claimed there were “mixed views” about […]

Theresa May celebrates ‘astounding’ Copeland poll win

Media captionTheresa May greets new Copeland MP Theresa May has said the Conservatives’ “astounding” victory in the Copeland by-election shows her government “is working for everyone”. The Tories swept aside Labour, which had held the Cumbria seat for 80 years, to record the first by-election gain by a sitting government in 35 years. Mrs May […]

Jeremy Corbyn: ‘I will not step down’ over poll loss

Media captionJeremy Corbyn: “It’s a day of disappointment in Copeland” Jeremy Corbyn says he will not step down following Labour’s Copeland by-election loss to the Conservatives. The Labour leader said the result was disappointing but he had been elected twice and was “proud” to continue. Shadow chancellor John McDonnell claimed there were “mixed views” about […]

EU vote campaign spending probed

EU vote campaign spending probed

The spending returns of the Stronger In and Vote Leave campaigns in last year’s EU referendum are under investigation, the Electoral Commission has announced. A total of more than £32m was spent on the campaign – with the Leave side funded by donations totalling £16.4m, outgunning the Remain side’s £15.1m. The spending returns show that […]

Former Home Secretary Lord Waddington dies at age of 87

Former Home Secretary Lord Waddington dies at age of 87

Image copyright PA Image caption Lord Waddington (back row, far left) became home secretary in 1989 Former Conservative Home Secretary Lord Waddington has died at the age of 87. The barrister turned politician led the Home Office at the time of the poll tax riots and the Strangeways prison disturbances in the Spring of 1990. […]

Tories in historic by-election Copeland win as Labour holds Stoke

Media captionTrudy Harrison: “What has happened here tonight is a truly historic event” The Conservatives have won the Copeland by-election, beating Labour in an area it represented for more than 80 years. Trudy Harrison won with 13,748 votes to Labour’s Gillian Troughton’s 11,601. Mrs Harrison hailed the victory – the first by-election gain by a […]

Stoke and Copeland by-elections: Voting ends

Stoke and Copeland by-elections: Voting ends

Image copyright PA Voting has ended in the Parliamentary by-elections in Stoke-on-Trent Central and Copeland. Labour is defending both seats after the resignations of ex-frontbenchers Tristram Hunt and Jamie Reed. Jeremy Corbyn’s party, which has not lost either constituency since their creation, is facing challenges from the Conservatives and UKIP. The votes will now be […]

Net migration to UK falls by 49,000

Net migration to UK falls by 49,000

Image copyright PA Net migration to the UK has dropped to 273,000 in the year to September, down 49,000 from the previous year. The Office for National Statistics said it was the first time in two years the balance of people arriving and leaving the UK had dipped below 300,000. But it is short of […]

Net migration to UK falls to 273,000

Net migration to UK falls to 273,000

Image copyright PA Net migration to the UK has dropped to 273,000 in the year to September, down 49,000 from the previous year. The Office for National Statistics said it is the first time net migration has dipped below 300,000 in two years, but is not statistically significant. But it is short of the government’s […]

Voting taking place in Stoke and Copeland by-elections

Voting taking place in Stoke and Copeland by-elections

Image copyright PA Image caption A home in Pica, Cumbria, is being used as a polling station Voting is taking place to elect new MPs in the Stoke-on-Trent Central and Copeland by-elections. Polling stations will be open until 22:00 GMT. The two contests follow the resignations of Labour MPs Tristram Hunt, in Stoke-on-Trent Central, and […]