2017 Copeland by-election

UK parliamentary by-election in the Copeland constituency on 23 February 2017

The 2017 Copeland by-election was a by-election to the UK Parliament constituency of Copeland. The by-election happened on 23 February 2017.[1] This was the same day as the Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election. The election happened after the Labour MP, Jamie Reed, decided he didn't want to be MP anymore.[2] Conservative candidate Trudy Harrison became the new MP. This was the first time since 1982 that the party of the government won a seat in a by-election.[3]

2017 Copeland by-election

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Copeland constituency
  First party Second party
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Candidate Trudy Harrison Gillian Troughton
Party Conservative Labour
Popular vote 13,748 11,601
Percentage 44.2% 37.3%
Swing Increase8.5% Decrease4.9%

  Third party Fourth party
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Candidate Rebecca Hanson Fiona Mills
Party Liberal Democrats UKIP
Popular vote 2,252 2,025
Percentage 7.2% 6.5%
Swing Increase3.8% Decrease9.0%

Location of Copeland within Cumbria

MP before election

Jamie Reed

Elected MP

Trudy Harrison


  1. "Election results for Copeland". UK Parliament. Retrieved 10 August 2021.
  2. "Labour faces biggest by-election test after Jamie Reed's resignation". New Statesman. 21 December 2016. Retrieved 10 August 2021.
  3. "Tories in historic by-election Copeland win as Labour holds Stoke". BBC News. 24 February 2017. Retrieved 10 August 2021.