World Europe 24 Feb 2017 UK Conservatives tak ...

UK Conservatives take long-held Labour Party seat

AP
Published Feb 24, 2017, 1:04 pm IST
Updated Feb 24, 2017, 1:05 pm IST
The vote was seen as a setback for Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who has struggled to unite his party and win popular support.
Conservative Trudy Harrison won the seat in Copeland that had been held by Labour since the district was formed in 1983. (Photo: AFP)
 Conservative Trudy Harrison won the seat in Copeland that had been held by Labour since the district was formed in 1983. (Photo: AFP)

London: Britain's governing Conservative Party has seized a parliamentary seat long held by the Labour Party in a special election blow to the opposition.

Conservative Trudy Harrison won the seat in Copeland that had been held by Labour since the district was formed in 1983. Copeland is a rural district in the far north of England.

 

The vote was seen as a setback for Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who has struggled to unite his party and win popular support.

Harrison said Corbyn's unpopularity helped her unseat Labour. It is unusual for a governing party to make gains in special elections.

Labour did manage to hold on to its seat in Stoke-on-Trent, central England, beating back a challenge by UKIP. The elections were held after the lawmakers in both districts resigned.

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