Corby By-Election

In Corby, voters will be going to the polls to elect their new MP today. The by-election is taking place after the resignation of Conservative MP Louise Mensch.

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By-election for Corby after MP Louise Mensch resigns - full report

One of the region's most high-profile MPs has resigned with immediate effect. Louise Mensch won Corby for the Conservatives at the 2010 general election. But in a letter to the Prime Minister she said she was struggling to balance her working and family lives

The Prime Minister praised her work, but said he understood her situation although it does now mean a tricky by-election in a marginal seat. Russell Hookey reports.

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Corby constituents react to Louise Mensch MP's resignation

People in Corby give their views after the announcement the MP for Corby and East Northamptonshire Louise Mensch is stepping down.

The Conservative politician said she was "devastated by the necessary decision" to step down.

Ms Mensch beat Labour minister Phil Hope by 1,951 votes in the May 2010 General Election.

The resignation will mean a by-election in a marginal seat which could take place in November.

Louise Mensch is quitting the Commons to move to the United States with her family.

For more coverage on this story see the ITV Anglia site.

Labour candidate prepared for tough election fight

Andy Sawford, Labour's prospective parliamentary candidate for Corby, has given his reaction to Louise Mensch's resignation.

"Louise Mensch was obviously struggling to balance being MP for Corby and East Northamptonshire with her family and business commitments. I respect her for the honest way she talked about this and her decision to step down.

Labour is now looking forward to the campaign ahead, fighting for action on jobs and the economy, supporting our local services, which are facing massive cuts, and working with local community organisations."

He went on:

"This will be a tough election for Labour but we are determined to hold this Tory-led Government to account by showing the disastrous impact of their polices on the people of Corby."

– Andy Sawford

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