Conservative Copeland Victory for Trudy Harrison & Theresa May
Ms Harrison obtained a whopping 13,748 votes against Labour’s Rebecca Hanson, who came close with 11,601 votes.
The victory in the Cumbrian seat means the Tories are the first governing party to win a by-election since 1982, as the party won with a majority of 2,147 votes with 44 per cent.
The turnout at Copeland's by-election was unexpectedly high at 51.35 percent and dispelled fears Storm Doris may put off voters.
There was a tremendous gap between the two front-running parties and the remaining candidates as the Liberal Democrats gained a dismal 2,252 votes, just 7.2 per cent of the vote.
In her first speech as Copeland MP, Ms Harrison hailed the her victory as “historic” and said it is clear that people in Copeland do not trust Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party.
Trudy Harrison, pictured with her husband Keith, pledged to speak for all her constituents
She pledged to represent all people in her constituency as some people who voted for her had not voted Conservative’s before.
Speaking to Sky, she promised to deliver her “six point plan” to Westminster ministers on Monday morning.
Political sources expected Jeremy Corbyn to lose the by-election when he admitted defeat to his colleagues hours before the result, branding the by-elections “close and challenging”.
Voters turned out in record numbers for the Copeland by-election
Corbyn reacted to Labour’s loss in Copeland on Twitter and said: “Labour's victory in Stoke is a decisive rejection of UKIP's politics of division.
“But our message was not enough to win through in Copeland.”
According to reports from BuzzFeed, the Labour candidate was “chased” out of the Copeland count, trying to ignore shouts of “do you blame Corbyn”.
Political scientist John Curtice told the BBC that the swing from Labour to the Conservatives in Copeland, around 7 per cent was bigger than current national polling suggests.
He also said that this was the biggest gain in share of the vote by a governing party in a by-election since the Hull North by-election in 1966.