UK Opposition Labour Scrapes Past Brexit Party to Retain Parliament Seat in By-election

June 7, 2019 Updated: June 7, 2019

PETERBOROUGH, England—Britain’s opposition Labour Party held on to the parliamentary seat of Peterborough in eastern England on Friday, seeing off a challenge from Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party.

The vote was triggered when the incumbent Labour lawmaker was ousted by her constituents in a recall petition. Labour candidate Lisa Forbes won with 10,484 votes, a majority of 683 over the Brexit Party that came second on 9,801 votes.

Prime Minister Theresa May’s governing Conservatives came third with 7,243 votes.

Labour Party activists and supporters react after Labour Party candidate Lisa Forbes wins the Peterborough by-election at the KingsGate Centre in Peterborough
Labour Party activists and supporters react after Labour Party candidate Lisa Forbes wins the Peterborough by-election at the KingsGate Centre in Peterborough, Britain June 6, 2019. (Chris Radburn/Reuters)

The Brexit Party, launched in April, swept to victory in the United Kingdom’s European Parliament election last month, riding a wave of anger over the government’s failure to deliver Britain’s exit from the European Union on time and the impasse in Parliament over the way forward.

It was the bookmakers’ favorite to win in Peterborough, which supported Brexit by 61 percent to 39 percent in the 2016 referendum.

“Despite 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,” Labour’s Forbes said in her victory speech.

By Chris Radburn

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