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Conservative Party announce Copeland by-election candidate

Trudy Harrison Credit: The Conservative Party

The Conservative Party has announced its candidate for the Copeland by-election.

Trudy Harrison, 40, has spent time working for Copeland Borough Council and at Sellafield, and works as project manager mainly in the construction and energy industries.

She lives in Bootle with her husband and four teenage daughters.

“This important by-election is an opportunity for the people of Copeland to send a message that the referendum result must be respected.

“Copeland has had Labour MPs and Labour Councils for years. They’ve ignored us and failed to deliver the jobs, infrastructure and services we need, and now they want to ignore how we voted in the referendum.

“I look forward to meeting as many local residents as possible in the coming weeks and setting out how voting Conservative this time will support our local nuclear industry, and deliver the investment Copeland deserves.”

– Trudy Harrison

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Liberal Democrats select Copeland by-election candidate

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The Liberal Democrats have selected Rebecca Hanson as their candidate for the Copeland by-election.

Copeland's current MP Jamie Reed is leaving parliament at the end of this month to take up a new job in the nuclear industry.

This by-election is a chance for people to send a strong message against a hard Brexit that damages local jobs by pulling Britain out of the Single Market.

"It's also an opportunity to reject this Conservative government's underfunding of our NHS and say no to plans to move vital services like maternity and A&E from West Cumberland Hospital to Carlisle.

"I am passionate about standing up for West Cumbria, and recognise the vital role that the nuclear industry plays in our local economy.

"I'm proud to be have been selected as the candidate for the Liberal Democrats, the only party fighting to protect the economy by staying in the Single Market and calling for a long-term solution to the crisis facing the NHS."

– Rebecca Hanson, Liberal Democrats, Copeland by-election candidate

Result is a "victory for independent politics"

Outgoing Leaderdale and Melrose Councillor Nicholas Watson says the result in the by-election shows that voters are looking for more local representation, after his party colleague Iain Gillespie won his seat.

Mr Watson has moved to Cumbria to continue working as a clock maker and farmer.

"It is gratifying to know that the Borders Party isn't just about me and my colleague Sandy Aitchison, it is also about an idea whose time has come, people are fed up with national politics in local government and people really want to put in local government, they really want to revive independent politics."

– Nicholas Watson, Outgoing Leaderdale and Melrose Councillor

Scottish Conservatives: "Voting system worked against us"

The Scottish Conservatives missed out on the Leaderdale and Melrose by-election seat.

Candidate Rachael Hamilton topped the ballot on the first preferences transfers under the Single Transferable Voting system, but lost the last stage to The Borders Party's Iain Gillespie.

“While I am obviously delighted to have come so close to getting elected, the system in this instance has worked against me.

"To receive the highest number of first preference votes sends a positive message about the amount of Conservative support in Leaderdale & Melrose.

“It is a shame that the voting system has cost us, and that despite being most people’s preferred candidate transfers have meant that we have missed out. It does show however that despite results elsewhere in the UK, the Conservatives are making gains here in the Borders."

– Rachael Hamilton, Scottish Conservative Candidate
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