Manchester Central by-election

The Manchester Central constituency votes in a by-election after Tony Lloyd stands aside to run as a candidate in the Police and Crime Commissioner election.

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New Labour MP takes seat in Commons

Lucy Powell was elected MP for Manchester Central last week Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The new Labour MP for Manchester Central has taken her seat in the Commons.

Lucy Powell was elected last week with a majority of 9,936 in a by-election called following her predecessor Tony Lloyd's decision to run for police and crime commissioner.

The turnout of 18.16% in the safe Labour seat was reportedly the lowest in a parliamentary by-election since the Second World War.

Mancunian Ms Powell served as Ed Miliband's deputy chief of staff and ran his campaign to become leader of the Labour Party

Lucy Powell to take seat in Commons later today

Lucy Powell MP
Lucy Powell was elected MP for Manchester Central last week. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The winner of the Manchester by-election will take her seat in parliament later.

Lucy Powell, who's the new MP for Manchester Central, will be sworn into the House of Commons. She's the first female Member of Parliament for Manchester - home of the women's suffrage movement.

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