Mixed fortunes for Labour in by-elections

It was a night of mixed fortunes for Labour after the party lost their Copeland seat for the first time in 30 years - but kept their Stoke-on-Trent seat from falling into the hands of Ukip.

  • Jeremy Corbyn told ITV News he does not see himself as "the problem" of what went wrong following the Copeland defeat
  • The Conservatives' Trudy Harrison snatched victory from Labour's Gillian Troughton with a majority of more than 2,000 votes
  • Prime Minister Theresa May called the Tory victory "astounding"
  • Meanwhile Labour's Gareth Snell held onto their crucial Stoke-on-Trent seat brushing aside Ukip leader Paul Nuttall in the process
  • Mr Nuttall said he is "not going anywhere" despite the party's failure
  • Although he may not be too happy about his constituency office being defaced with red graffiti hours after his loss

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Ukip leader Paul Nuttall's office defaced

Paul Nuttall's office in Stoke-On-Trent. Credit: ITV News Central

Paul Nuttall's office in Hanley, Stoke-On-Trent, appears to be defaced with red graffiti.

The Ukip leader and Stoke-On-Trent Central by-election candidate lost out to Labour candidate Gareth Snell by 2,620 votes on Friday.

ITV News Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen said Ukip would be "very disappointed" with the defeat.

"They thought they would run Labour much, much closer. It was a reasonably substantial loss", he added.

The vandalism comes days after Mr Nuttall apologised after he faced a storm of criticism over website posts that wrongly claimed he lost "close personal friends" at the Hillsborough disaster.



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