WEEKLY COMMENT 23-02-2017
By Barry Edwards
The Conservative win at the Copeland by-election is a stunning victory for the Theresa May government and their political management of the Brexit policies they have outlined. Admittedly, there are other issues that worked heavily in their favour especially the nuclear energy policy but however it is analysed winning an opposition held constituency mid-term is a rare event. It clearly sends a signal that if a general election were to be held in the next few months the possibility of a massive swing to the Tories is almost certain. In fact, it actually indicates that it is not necessary to do that and cements the strong position the government has politically.