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Copeland by-election result expected at 2:30am

The result is expected soon. Credit: ITV Border

The result of the Copeland by-election is expected to be declared at around 2:30am this morning, officials have told ITV Border.

It's anticipated to be a close contest between Labour - who have held the seat for more than 80 years - and the Conservatives, who are the bookies favourites to take it.



Lib Dems expect Conservatives to win Copeland

The Liberal Democrats are anticipating a Conservative victory in Copeland, with the party beating Labour on postal votes.

Copeland by-election candidates face nervous wait

The full list of candidates. Credit: ITV News

With voting over, the candidates in the Copeland by-election face a nervous wait to find out how they have done.

Labour have held the seat for decades, but when former MP Jamie Reed resigned last month, the bookies made the Conservatives narrow favourites to take the constituency.

All of the candidates have spoken to ITV Border about what they would bring to Copeland. You can watch those interviews here.

Turnout 'low' at Copeland by-election

Votes are now being verified. Credit: Picture by Peter Byrne PA Wire/PA Images

Officials at the Copeland by-election count have told ITV Border that voter turnout is likely to be low.

Before voting closed there had been suggestions Storm Doris, which has caused transport problems throughout the region, could have put voters off going to the polls.

In the majority of by-elections since 2010, turnout has been lower than 50 percent, and sources at the count in Whitehaven have suggested it's highly likely to be a similar story here.

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