It just should not have happened. It is, after all, one of the immutable rules of British politics that Her Majesty’s Opposition does not lose a seat to the Government in a by-election.
Or to put it another way, ruling parties simply do not win a sitting Opposition seat midway through their term.
Only this time the Conservatives did just that, with their by-election capture of Copeland, a seat held by Labour since the constituency was formed in 1983.
To call it historic is, for once, something of an understatement.Copeland: the by-election victory that defied the rules of British politics
@Dangermouse A little help here. How? did it so?