After 75 years of the latter’s strategy, most people in Copeland faced a choice of either working for the nuclear industry or being without a job.
ITV: “Have you at any point this morning looked in the mirror and asked yourself this question – could the problem actually be me?” Corbyn: “No.”
More important than Labour’s woes was that voters felt their jobs, employment rights, and pensions were safer in our hands.
Plus: Labour goes all Smethwick in Copeland. And: Sky News dumbs down at breakfast.
He could commit to some tangible metrics – i.e: reducing the tax code in length by 25 per cent by 2019, or pledging to abolish three taxes in each budget.
Join me and hundreds of other Conservatives helping their campaigns: I know from my own by-election fight how very close they can be.
Plus: Unemployment is down. Productivity is up. Wages are up. Despite Brexit. Despite Brexit. Despite Brexit…
It’s still winnable, but there are warning signs for the wider Party and its leadership.
In my area, transport, there will be better jobs on the roads, at the airports and on rail, and more business success elsewhere.
Plus: Can Corbyn survive losing both by-elections? Trump has the tone of Mussolini and the content of Lindbergh. And: another Lib Dem blunder.
And Jack Brereton is selected as candidate for Stoke-On-Trent Central.
This will be a challenging by-election, but only the Conservatives will stand up for Cumbria’s vital nuclear energy industry.
Labour have more councillors and that network gives them an advantage.
The by-election is a huge opportunity for our party. We should select someone equipped to pick up crucial votes from Labour and UKIP.
Jamie Reed’s majority over the Conservatives at last year’s general election was 2,564.