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Labour holds seat in Peterborough by-election

Labour holds seat in Peterborough by-election

The Labour Party has narrowly seen off the Brexit Party in the Peterborough by-election.

Union activist Lisa Forbes retained the constituency for Labour, taking 31% of the vote. The by-election was called after Fiona Onasanya became the first MP to be ousted by recall rules, after she was convicted of lying over a speeding offence.

Lisa Forbes beat the Brexit Party to the seat by 683 votes, with the Brexit Party taking 29% of the vote. The Conservatives came third with 21% of the vote, while the Liberal Democrats took fourth place with 12%, followed by the Green Party on 3% of the vote.

Labour leader jeremy Corbyn described the victory as an "incredible" win for the "politics of hope over the politics of fear".

In her victory speech Ms Forbes said "Despite the differing opinions across our city, the fact that the Brexit Party have been rejected here in Peterborough shows that the politics of division will not win."

Brexit Party leader Nigel farage said following the result that despite not winning the seat, he was "pretty buoyed", as it had "come from nowhere and produced a massive result" 

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