Labour is toast, whatever the by-election result

There will a double by-election on 23 February following the recent resignations of two Labour MPs.

Jamie Reed quit as member for Copeland, and Tristam Hunt quit as member for Stoke-on-Trent Central to leave for lucrative jobs elsewhere. Both MPs were long-time critics of current leader Jeremy Corbyn. There have been rumours that more Labour MPs, fearful of seeing themselves in opposition to the Conservatives for a decade or more, are also considering jumping ship.

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