Labour braced for battle to retain Copeland seat

  • Video report by ITV News Political Correspondent Paul Brand

Labour faces a tough battle to retain its seat in Copeland, with the Conservatives tipped to win what would be an historic victory in Thursday's by-election.

The Cumbrian constituency has remained a Labour stronghold for almost 80 years.

But the resignation of MP Jamie Reed, who has taken up a role at the Sellafield nuclear plant, means Jeremy Corbyn now faces one of his greatest tests as Labour leader.

Some 62% in the town voted to leave the European Union.

  • The full list of candidates in Thursday's Copeland by-election