Labour victories in Corby and Cardiff

Perhaps Labour’s most important victory on 15 November was the win in Corby.

While winning a mid-term by-election in a marginal seat is not unusual for an opposition party, the scale of the victory was.

The 12.7% swing to Labour was a huge victory – as newly elected Labour MP Andy Sawford said, “the road to Downing Street runs through Corby”.

On this performance Labour would win a comfortable majority in 2015. Although seen as a safe Labour seat, the victory for Stephen Doughty in Cardiff South and Penarth was also a boost for Labour. Labour won a larger majority on a turnout less than half what it was in 2010 – with the Tory and Lib Dem votes collapsing.

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