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News | Published June 07 2019

Lisa Forbes (Labour) wins Peterborough by-election

By a margin of 683 votes, Labour retained the seat at the expense of the Brexit Party candidate Mike Greene, widely regarded as the favourite.

The seat was left vacant as a result of the former MP, Fiona Onasanya, being sent to prison for a speeding offence.

Many believed that the Brexit Party would win this election in light of their victory in the EU elections.

Bookies also placed odds in favour a Brexit Party victory.

Nigel Farage said that the Brexit Party's strong result showed that the party was a major political force.

He suggested that the by-election result shows that a vote for the Conservatives paves the way for Jeremy Corbyn to become prime minister.

Labour___________10,484 (31%)
Brexit Party_______ 9,801 (29%)
Conservatives_____ 7,243 (21%)
Lib Dems_________ 4,159 (12%)
Green Party_______ 1,035 (3%)
UKIP_____________ 400 (1%)
Other_____________798 (2%)

Both Lisa Forbes and Jeremy Corbyn claimed that this was a victory for the "politics of hope," with Forbes adding "Despite the differing opinions across our city, the fact that the Brexit Party have been rejected here in Peterborough shows that the politics of division will not win."


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June 07 2019

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