Opposition Labour fights off Brexit Party to retain parliament seat

Labour Party candidate Lisa Forbes reacts after winning the Peterborough by-election at the KingsGate Centre in Peterborough, Britain June 6, 2019. REUTERS/Chris Radburn

PETERBOROUGH, England (Reuters) – Britains opposition Labour Party held on to the parliamentary seat of Peterborough in eastern England on Friday, seeing off a challenge from Nigel Farages insurgent 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 Mays governing Conservatives came third with 7,243 votes.

The Brexit Party, launched in April, swept to victory in the United Kingdoms European Parliament election last month, riding a wave of anger over Mays failure to deliver Britains exit from the European Union on time and the impasse in parliament over the way forward.

It was the bookmakers favourite to win in Peterborough, which supported Brexit by 61% to 39% in the 2016 referendum.

“Despite differing opinions across our city, the fact that the Brexit Party have been rejected here inRead More

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