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Started by Shadrack22 on 21-Dec-2016 17:17:31
Copeland byelection (January 2017)

Jamie Reed quits as Labour MP for Copeland. He has held the seat since 2005. Can Labour retain this seat? What will be the crucial issues? Will the Lib Dems stand aside to allow Labour a clear run as part of the 'progressive alliance'?

2015 result: LAB 16,750 (42.3%), CON 14,186 (35.8), UKIP 6,148 (15.5%), LIB DEM 1,368 (3.5%), GREEN 1,179 (3%). LAB majority: 2,564.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/dec/21/c
orbyn-critic-jamie-reed-quits-labour-mp-byelection-copeland

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Paperchaingeis - 21 Dec 2016 17:22:59 (#1 of 416)

Will the Lib Dems stand aside to allow Labour a clear run as part of the 'progressive alliance'?

I'm guessing not.

1OffManMental - 21 Dec 2016 17:23:07 (#2 of 416)

Anti-immigration pro-Brextastrophe labour?

SharkPatoo - 21 Dec 2016 17:27:37 (#3 of 416)

I see he's retiring to best serve his community spend more time with his wage packet.

Paperchaingeis - 21 Dec 2016 17:28:23 (#4 of 416)

I see he's retiring to spend more time with his wage packet.

What's wrong with that?

HouseOfLametta - 21 Dec 2016 17:29:02 (#5 of 416)

Yes, he can serve the community better by fucking off to Big Energy and allowing them an opportunity to stick a Tory in.

Brings a tear to the eye.

SantaLawls - 21 Dec 2016 17:31:19 (#6 of 416)

Will Copeland CLP pick a C•rbynite to fight it? Or a moderate?

Reed has had run-ins with the Corbyn faction hence many are saying on Twitter good riddance to him and one down, 170 more to go.

They really are idiots.

No the Libs won't stand aside. Tories gotta fancy their chances here. If they take it, be first time a government has won a byelection from the opposition since 1982 when they took Mitcham and Morden. A year later, Labour was slaughtered at the general election.

HouseOfLametta - 21 Dec 2016 17:32:19 (#7 of 416)

Fingers crossed, eh?

Andyourpoinsettiais - 21 Dec 2016 17:33:18 (#8 of 416)

He's 43, he's been an MP for 12 years, he's got 4 kids and his constituency is going. Good luck to him and the family he's putting first.

Just as Tony Benn did when he ensured his fortune would pass on to them.

HouseOfLametta - 21 Dec 2016 17:33:56 (#9 of 416)

Yes. This is the ideal time.

SharkPatoo - 21 Dec 2016 17:34:21 (#10 of 416)

What's wrong with that?

He's a liar, is what.

Andyourpoinsettiais - 21 Dec 2016 17:35:21 (#11 of 416)

Yes. This is the ideal time.



He's been offered a job in the area which is available now. He's never going to be a Corbynite, he's a Remainer in a Leave constituency......

SharkPatoo - 21 Dec 2016 17:36:20 (#12 of 416)

Best not dress it up then, just say 'I found a new job'.

Paperchaingeis - 21 Dec 2016 17:37:56 (#13 of 416)

Yes, he can serve the community better

He's decided not to. Do you?

HouseOfLametta - 21 Dec 2016 17:38:24 (#14 of 416)

"So long suckers!"

Paperchaingeis - 21 Dec 2016 17:38:37 (#15 of 416)

Yeah, but do you?

tasselhoff - 21 Dec 2016 17:38:53 (#16 of 416)

Or a moderate?

Or a Blairite neoliberal wannabe? Only time will tell.

SantaLawls - 21 Dec 2016 17:39:23 (#17 of 416)

He's great on Twitter. Refuses to be bullied by The Cult. Good for him getting out. I hope he remains on Twitter.

Does anyone know how far Momentum has penetrated Copeland CLP?

HouseOfLametta - 21 Dec 2016 17:39:52 (#18 of 416)

Fuxake

Paperchaingeis - 21 Dec 2016 17:40:38 (#19 of 416)

Ok, you don't, but you expect someone else to, even though they have just said they aren't going to.

tasselhoff - 21 Dec 2016 17:40:43 (#20 of 416)

The Momentum Tendency

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