Labour wins Corby by-election

Labour has won the Corby by-election caused by the resignation of the former Conservative MP Louise Mensch. The Lib Dems lost their deposit. Labour have also held seats of Manchester Central and Cardiff South in by-elections.

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Labour MPs 'honoured, humbled and thrilled'

Labour MPs Stephen Doughty and Lucy Powell both tweeted they were "honoured" after their by-election victories.

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Honoured and humbled to be elected as the new Labour and Coop MP for Cardiff South and Penarth!

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Honoured and thrilled to be elected. Big vote for Labour and huge rejection of Tory-Lib Dem gov. Off to bed now #PuttingMCRFirst

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Labour wins in Manchester Central in 'lowest turnout since Second World War'

by Adam McClean, Granada

Labour's Lucy Powell has been elected MP for Manchester Central with a majority of 9,936 votes.

In second place was the Liberal Democrat candidate Marc Ramsbottom, who secured 1,571 votes.

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

The post-war record until now for the lowest turnout is believed to be 19.9% in 1999 in the seat of Leeds Central.

Mensch: Labour will win Corby because of anger at me

The former Conservative MP Louise Mensch has effectively declared Labour winners of the by-election in her former constituency in a series of tweets posted just after the polls closed:

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Election result will not be a verdict on either Christine, or the Conservatives, but only on the decision I took to step down mid-term.

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Though I had to resign to unite our family, there was large & entirely understandable local anger. I wish I had been able to see out my term

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Christine and her team did an incredible job in the most difficult possible circumstances. I know she will one day make a wonderful MP.

The result will not be known until tomorrow afternoon as counting will start in the morning.

Corby, Cardiff and Manchester by-elections today

Polls will open this morning in the Corby by-election, the seat was made vacant by the departure of Louise Mensch.

File photo: Corby, Cardiff and Manchester by-elections today
File photo: Corby, Cardiff and Manchester by-elections today Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Voting will also take place in Manchester Central. This seat was made vacant when MP Tony Lloyd resigned to become a candidate for the Police and Crime Commissioner election, which is also running today.

Cardiff South & Penarth will also see a by-election. the previous incumbent Alun Michael also stood down to seek election as a Police and Crime Commissioner.

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