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.

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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.