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.
Will the Lib Dems stand aside to allow Labour a clear run as part of the 'progressive alliance'?
I'm guessing not.
I see he's retiring to best serve his community spend more time with his wage packet.
I see he's retiring to spend more time with his wage packet.
What's wrong with that?
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.
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.
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.
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......
Best not dress it up then, just say 'I found a new job'.
Yes, he can serve the community better
He's decided not to. Do you?
Or a moderate?
Or a Blairite neoliberal wannabe? Only time will tell.
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?
Ok, you don't, but you expect someone else to, even though they have just said they aren't going to.