Jeremy Corbyn: ‘I will not step down’ over poll loss

Media captionJeremy Corbyn: “It’s a day of disappointment in Copeland” Jeremy Corbyn says he will not step down following Labour’s Copeland by-election loss to the Conservatives. The Labour leader said the result was disappointing but he had been elected twice and was “proud” to continue. Shadow chancellor John McDonnell claimed there were “mixed views” about […]

Tories in historic by-election Copeland win as Labour holds Stoke

Media captionTrudy Harrison: “What has happened here tonight is a truly historic event” The Conservatives have won the Copeland by-election, beating Labour in an area it represented for more than 80 years. Trudy Harrison won with 13,748 votes to Labour’s Gillian Troughton’s 11,601. Mrs Harrison hailed the victory – the first by-election gain by a […]

EU vote campaign spending probed

EU vote campaign spending probed

The spending returns of the Stronger In and Vote Leave campaigns in last year’s EU referendum are under investigation, the Electoral Commission has announced. A total of more than £32m was spent on the campaign – with the Leave side funded by donations totalling £16.4m, outgunning the Remain side’s £15.1m. The spending returns show that […]

Tories win Copeland by-election as Labour holds Stoke

Media captionTrudy Harrison: “What has happened here tonight is a truly historic event” The Conservatives have won the Copeland by-election, beating Labour in an area it represented for more than 80 years. Trudy Harrison won with 13,748 votes to Labour’s Gillian Troughton’s 11,601. Mrs Harrison hailed the victory – the first by-election gain by a […]

Stoke and Copeland by-elections: Votes being counted

Stoke and Copeland by-elections: Votes being counted

Image copyright Getty Images Votes are being counted in the Parliamentary by-elections in Stoke-on-Trent Central and Copeland. Labour is defending both seats after former frontbenchers Tristram Hunt and Jamie Reed resigned. It has not lost either seat since their creation but faces challenges from the Conservatives and UKIP. Results are expected to be announced between […]

Net migration to UK falls by 49,000

Net migration to UK falls by 49,000

Image copyright PA Net migration to the UK has dropped to 273,000 in the year to September, down 49,000 from the previous year. The Office for National Statistics said it is the first time in two years the balance of people arriving and leaving the UK has dipped below 300,000. But it is short of […]

Voting taking place in Stoke and Copeland by-elections

Voting taking place in Stoke and Copeland by-elections

Image copyright PA Image caption A home in Pica, Cumbria, is being used as a polling station Voting is taking place to elect new MPs in the Stoke-on-Trent Central and Copeland by-elections. Polling stations will be open until 22:00 GMT. The two contests follow the resignations of Labour MPs Tristram Hunt, in Stoke-on-Trent Central, and […]

Net migration to UK falls to 273,000

Net migration to UK falls to 273,000

Image copyright PA Net migration to the UK has dropped to 273,000 in the year to September, down 49,000 from the previous year. The Office for National Statistics said it is the first time net migration has dipped below 300,000 in two years, but is not statistically significant. But it is short of the government’s […]

Voting begins in Stoke and Copeland by-elections

Voting begins in Stoke and Copeland by-elections

Image copyright PA Image caption A home in Pica, Cumbria, is being used as a polling station Voting is under way to elect new MPs in the Stoke-on-Trent Central and Copeland by-elections. Polling stations will be open until 22:00 GMT. The two contests follow the resignations of Labour MPs Tristram Hunt, in Stoke-on-Trent Central, and […]

Schools funding system ‘must be fairer’

Schools funding system ‘must be fairer’

Image copyright robertmandel The key group pushing for a fairer funding system in England’s schools says government plans for a funding shake-up need to be rethought. The F40 group, which campaigned for 20 years for the funding overhaul, is warning that some poorly funded areas, and schools within them, will lose out. Its vice-chair, Cheltenham […]