We spoke to the various political party candidates, all vying for the west Cumbrian seat.Read the full story ›
Fiona Mills, who was the UKIP candidate in Carlisle during the general election says she's "delighted'.Read the full story ›
Gillian Troughton says it's an "honour" to be selected, ahead of the tough battle for the West Cumbrian seat.Read the full story ›
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."
In his letter of resignation, Copeland MP Jamie Reed says leaving Parliament is the hardest decision of his life.
He thanked everyone who has supported and advised him, and marked his achievements at the West Cumberland Hospital as his proudest achievements.
"I'm proud of what i've achieved over the past 12 years with the help and support of the Copeland community and the last Labour Government.
"Together we built schools, town centre developments, university facilities, dental surgeries, and a new West Cumberland Hospital of which i'm most proud. This is the hospital where my four children were born and which saved my life in 2010 when admitted to intensive care as a result of undiagnosed Type 1 Diabetes.
"I love my community and i love the Labour Party. Leaving Parliament is the hardest decision of my life. "
Copeland's Labour MP Jamie Reed is resigning from Parliament to take up a position at the Sellafield nuclear site.Read the full story ›
The MP for Copeland Jamie Reed has sent a stinging letter to the under pressure Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn calling for his resignation.
Mr. Reed published the following on his Twitter account last night (29th June)
He accused Corbyn of injecting an 'unprecedented poison' into the Labour party, going on to say that the 'Labour party stands for a moral purpose that you do not share.'
Jeremy Corbyn has lost a confidence vote among his MPs by 172 to 40 but is refusing to resign, insisting he still has a "people's mandate" to lead following his landslide victory in the Labour leadership elections last summer.
Copeland MP Jamie Reed is calling on Jeremy Corbyn to hand in his resignation.
Several members of the shadow cabinet have resigned after Hilary Benn was sacked over the weekend.
Mr Reed says that Jeremy Corbyn has lost the confidence of the party and the Labour heartlands like West Cumbria.
Copeland has voted to leave the European Union with 23,528 people backing Brexit and 14,419 voting Remain.
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Over the next eight years the populations of all but nine local authorities in England will increase. Four of those are in Cumbria.Read the full story ›