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Spotted two almost identical slogans in the aftermath of this result.
1) Vote Tory get Corbyn (from the Brexiteers)
2) Vote Brexit get Corbyn (from the Tories)
Andrew Neil went a bit easy on Lisa Forbes there, but it's clear looking at the evidence he presented that Peterborough just elected an anti-Semite. Very worrying times for the Jewish community in this country. Hate to say it, but the word 'pogrom' springs to mind again.
John Curtice with some home truths for Labour.
"The lowest share of the vote won by a winning candidate in a by-election at 30% - we are now in a differnt world" says Prof John Curtice #bbctw https://t.co/vD9iGpkOeV pic.twitter.com/wDNqof6hmZ— BBC This Week (@bbcthisweek) June 7, 2019
Meanwhile, spinning the result...
I'm delighted to congratulate @LisaForbes_ on winning the #PeterboroughByElection and for running a people powered campaign.— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) June 7, 2019
Peterborough has again rejected Tory austerity - showing clear support for our programme of ending cuts, and investing in services and communities.
Mike Greene of the Brexit Party is speaking now. He's savvy and confident. I wonder how Peterborough would have voted if they could have seen Forbes and Greene go head-to-head in a hustings (she bottled it).
Dreadful interview, how'd she get selected? You'd think they'd have learned the lesson from the last disastrous candidate they selected for Peterborough
Lisa Forbes' face has gone as red as her jacket. She's a disgrace.
Sophy Ridge is currently putting some awkward questions to the new MP about her alleged anti-Semitism.
Labour majority was just 683.
Disgusting speech by someone who will now go to Parliament and work to overturn Peterborough's Leave mandate. Peterborough voted to Leave.
Look at how the Lab-Con votes have plummeted.
Peterborough result:— Britain Elects (@britainelects) June 7, 2019
LAB: 30.9% (-17.2)
BREX: 28.9% (+28.9)
CON: 21.4% (-25.5)
LDEM: 12.3% (+8.9)
GRN: 3.1% (+1.3)
UKIP: 1.2% (+1.2) pic.twitter.com/ser9YFfk4S
Lisa Forbes (Labour) 10,484
Mike Greene (Brexit) 9,801
Paul Bristow (Con) 7,243
Beki Sellick (Lib Dem) 4,159
Joseph Wells (Green) 1,035
John Whitby (UKIP) 400
LABOUR HAS WON
Labour activists are very noisy off to the side of the podium. Here's the result now.
All cameras are on the podium now.
Cracking effort for a party that is only a couple of months old, but they were up against an experienced horde of seasoned activists.
Declaration 'imminent'. So no recount then.
Grimesy tweets. Top bloke Grimesy.
It looks like Peterborough, that bravely voted for Brexit and still expects that vote to be respected, has backed the Labour candidate, even after all that has happened there. That’s terrible news for eurosceptics. And a cause for serious concern for Brexit and our movement.— Darren Grimes (@darrengrimes_) June 7, 2019
If Farage has really left the building then it's pretty obvious what the result will be.
Presumably a 'provisional' result could lead to a recount. Would be nice to get some sleep at some point.
'Provisional' result imminent!
Understand that Farage has just slunk out of the #PeterboroughByElection count— Louise Haigh MP (@LouHaigh) June 7, 2019
Declaration in around half an hour. Some votes are currently being recounted. Brace yourselves for disappointment.
You simply can't underestimate the power of the Muslim block vote. I was told years ago that "even dead Muslims vote". Yes, and they vote Labour.
If we don't leave the EU in October, the Brexit Party could potentially take Labour seats in the north of England. Maybe even the Midlands and Wales too. A Labour/SNP government is not set in stone.
Peterborough voted to leave the EU, but seems to have returned a Labour MP. It's a premonition of what could happen at the next general election, namely a split in the pro-national vote letting Labour in on a relatively low share. #PeterboroughByElection— Daniel Hannan (@DanielJHannan) June 7, 2019
Corbynistas are cock-a-hoop on Twitter. Not good.
Sky News reports that 'sources' in the Brexit Party have told them that Labour has won by around 500 votes.
Little Owen has also tweeted that Labour has won. Not good.
Aaron Bastani, the really dull Marxist commentator, has confidently announced on Twitter that Labour has won.
Sky News reporting that Labour have won by less than 500 votes - and that there will be a recount...— Election Maps UK (@ElectionMapsUK) June 7, 2019
It's all very tense right now, but worryingly no-one is suggesting that the Brexit Party has it. Most people are saying "too close to call" while others are calling it narrowly for Labour. Not good.
The Lib Dems reckon they've beat the Tories into fourth. Embarrassing.
Despite reports to the contrary, the Brexit Party candidate Mike Greene is now inside the count. But no Farage. Not good.
Let's hope this is not a winning candidate.
Labour Party candidate @LisaForbes_ arrives at the count of the #Peterboroughbyelection. Tune into @BBCCambs for live coverage pic.twitter.com/x7bOHIXEug— Ian Child (@ianchild88) June 7, 2019
The narrative in the last half hour certainly seems to be swinging towards Labour. Not good.
Labour's horrendous candidate has arrived. Is she draped in a Palestinian flag?
Labour candidate Lisa Forbes has just arrived, through a corridor of people to loud cheers and flashing cameras as the media all try to get their shot. #PeterboroughByElection— Fiona Leishman (@leishman_fiona) June 7, 2019
Still no sign of Farage. Not good.
The panel currently appearing on This Week all agree that the election is too close to call, except for Lib Dem Tom Brake. His sources suggest Labour have nicked it.
'Tis confusion. A recount? Must be close if they're talking about that dreadful word.
It's sounding very close to call at the moment... a bit of chaos here with mixed messages about when to expect the declaration, and nobody quite knowing how to call it. There are even mentions that a recount may be on the cards tonight #PeterboroughByElection— Fiona Leishman (@leishman_fiona) June 6, 2019
Little Owen has tweeted 'praying hands' emojis. Good sign.
Can't Farage's driver find a parking space? Or is he just circling the count until there's some indication of which way it's going.
Katie says heads are down in the Brexit Party. Not good.
Some despondency now in the @brexitparty_uk camp as early signs are a strong Labour vote— Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) June 6, 2019
This will come down to a substantial Labour party machine turning out the vote in high density Labour homes
Versus the noise of the newly fledged @brexitparty_uk#PeterboroughByElectoon
That daft new poll in full. Change UK on zero per cent. Can't recall ever seeing zero per cent in a poll.
Westminster voting intention:— Britain Elects (@britainelects) June 6, 2019
BREX: 26% (+4)
LAB: 20% (+1)
LDEM: 20% (-4)
CON: 18% (+2)
GRN: 9% (+1)
CHUK: 0% (-1)
via @YouGov, 04 - 06 Jun
Chgs. w/ 29 May
Brexit Party candidate Mike Greene has reportedly just arrived outside the count. Will Farage be with him?
Jess Phillips asks why there is a metal detector at the count. Well, with 10% of Peterborough's population from your beloved 'religion of peace', can't think why Jess.
Why is there a metal detector I have never seen this at a count ever— Jess Phillips (@jessphillips) June 6, 2019
Jeremy looked as comfortable as ever commemorating our fallen yesterday.
At Bayeux Cathedral ready for the DDay commemorations. Thanks to @DefenceHQ and @PoppyLegion for all your hard work preparing for all the events pic.twitter.com/FWh4ni0e5o— Nia Griffith MP (@NiaGriffithMP) June 6, 2019
Andrew Neil: "The Mayor of London appears to matter more to the President than he does to most Londoners". Class.
We are awash with polls at the moment. The reality is that come a general election most people would flock back to the Lab-Con parties to cancel the other one out. We are still in a two-party system and the only way that will change is if we don't leave the EU this year.
New Westminster voting intention announced on Sky News (via @chriscurtis94) puts the Brexit Party ahead, at 26%.— Britain Elects (@britainelects) June 6, 2019
'Rumours'. Pay no heed.
Peterborough count awash with rumours of an early declaration - some say within the hour which would be remarkably fast— Ross Kempsell (@rosskempsell) June 6, 2019
Katie Hopkins (off the Apprentice) tells the Cambridge News why she is at the count:
"I’ve watched Peterborough really closely. I love that the people of Peterborough went out to vote to get rid of Fiona Onasanya because they cared enough.
“So not only did they go out to vote to get an MP, they then went out and voted to get rid of an MP, because I feel that Peterborough has a sense of British justice and what’s right and wrong, and it’s not right to be in Parliament voting with an ankle tag on.
“I love that the people of Peterborough did that. Then there’s the momentum behind this, the idea that the Brexit Party might have their first MP.
“There’s a very strange thing going on in the town centre. All of the momentum, all of the noise is Brexit party. The noise and the media bubble is Brexit Party.
“But behind the performance on the stage, the machinery and mechanics of the vote goes to Labour. I’ve seen them today and their machine is powerful.”
No sign of Farage yet. Not good.
Brexit Party sources here at the count in Peterborough are bullish contrary to Labour briefing— Ross Kempsell (@rosskempsell) June 6, 2019
BBC reporter for This Week says he is getting 'mixed messages' from Labour and the Brexit Party on how the count is proceeding.
If Labour win it won't change the mathematics in the Commons, it will be Remainer for Remainer. That's why it's imperative that the Brexit Party wins this. Remember that Fiona Onasanya won the day by one vote in the last Brexit blocking bill.
Word is circulating that Labour may have a more successful by-election than thought, and may even outdo the Brexit Party...— Fiona Leishman (@leishman_fiona) June 6, 2019
Stella Creasy just listed "all" the Brexit options on This Week. They were: General election or second referendum. That's how remoaners see it.
The votes are now being allocated per candidate. We will start to get an idea soon which way the seat is headed.
Piers Morgan is being very cocky about his Question Time appearance, bragging all over Twitter.
It's all gone quiet.
Facebook page is close to 77k likes. Was only saying to t'other half a few days ago that we'd passed 76k. Thanks a lot for your support.
Wow, this very disturbing video just popped up in our Twitter feed.
Do not trust these people. pic.twitter.com/CWJSU7MAj7— 𝕋𝕚𝕟𝕒𝔹𝕠𝕓 (@tinabobuk) June 6, 2019
Michael Portillo (on This Week) is spot on. The Brexit Party would take votes from Labour as well as the Tories in a general election, but only if Brexit doesn't happen. If we leave in October the Brexit Party will nosedive as did UKIP after June 2016.
This is how Peterborough voted in the Euro elections, but the boundaries are different for Parliamentary elections.
Lib Dem: 15.4%
This is good. Nigel Farage expected to attend shortly. He wouldn't be there if his party didn't have a shout.
Media gathered at the entrance of KingsGate for the #peterboroughbyelection most likely waiting for more candidates to turn up, including Mike Greene who will be making his entrance with Nigel Farage pic.twitter.com/luBaVl7fMQ— Fiona Leishman (@leishman_fiona) June 6, 2019
A rather high turnout for Peterborough at 48.4 per cent. There was also a 69.4 per cent turnout for postal votes.
This is not good. Labour have a well-oiled canvassing machine and will have got their vote out, plus we know where at least 95% of those postal votes are going...
Just to confirm, we'll keep going until there is a result. Unless there's a recount.
Still don't know why Katie Hopkins is at the count, but she reckons the result will come around 2am.
Here’s the low down from inside the #PeterboroughByElection count— Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) June 6, 2019
Having kicked out their criminal MP - votes are now in for her replacement
Warning: There is a man with a man-bun counting papers..
Will Farage get his first @brexitparty_uk MP pic.twitter.com/Of28pKo47K
Piers Morgan is nailing it tonight.
WATCH 📺 | @piersmorgan to Labour's @AnnelieseDodds: "Jeremy Corbyn looked me in the eye and said there would never be a second referendum. Your last manifesto promised to deliver Brexit. Nothing you've done since has shown you have any will to deliver Brexit!" 👏 #BBCQT pic.twitter.com/cREVmsd9DD— Leave.EU (@LeaveEUOfficial) June 6, 2019
Kate Hoey continues to shine in a cesspit of Labour filth.
Thank goodness for @piersmorgan on @bbcquestiontime He gets it that Parliament has been the obstacle to implementing the Leave vote and that the scaremongering on a No Deal is similar to scaremongering on what would happen if we didn’t join the Euro— Kate Hoey (@KateHoeyMP) June 6, 2019
UPDATE: Labour have told Sky News they believe they will win -- but have told LBC the contest is "the Brexit Party's to lose". #Peterborough https://t.co/lxXII68jEp— Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) June 6, 2019
Better late than never!
Howling Laud Hope and the Monster Raving Loony Party have made their entrance at the #peterboroughbyelection pic.twitter.com/pTduVGC5mj— Fiona Leishman (@leishman_fiona) June 6, 2019
Question Time-related tweet. Spot on.
The city fears a Corbyn government far more than Brexit #bbcqt— He paints in Norfolk (@norfolkpainter) June 6, 2019
A reporter has just said that the result may not come in until 3am at the earliest. In the European elections the Peterborough result was already announced by now. Turnout must be very high.
All five panelists on Question Time tonight backed Remain in the referendum, although Piers Morgan is very vocal about respecting the vote.
All the ballot boxes have now arrived at the count. That took some time didn't it? Polls closed over an hour ago!
Brexit Party all over the count, other parties short of counting agents?
So far there have been plenty of people from the Brexit Party circulating and speaking to media, but few others have been seen. Time to try and track them down to find out the mood in the other parties here tonight #PeterboroughByElection— Fiona Leishman (@leishman_fiona) June 6, 2019
From the Cambridge News:
Peterborough North votes are being counted as are Bretton, Paston & Walton and the Peterborough West votes.
Rumours are starting to circulate about how the vote will swing.
So far I’ve heard rumours that the Brexit Party may win by several votes, but could also lose to Labour.
There’s a real air of uncertainty here as people try to predict the outcome of this momentous by-election.
Katie Hopkins off the Apprentice is wandering around the count. Not sure why.
The Brexit Party seem optimistic here tonight, although I have heard that if Mike Greene does not win the seat a trip to the pub may be in order... But if he does win then they will have their first MP in Parliament. #PeterboroughByElection— Fiona Leishman (@leishman_fiona) June 6, 2019
BBC pontificating that Labour are hoping “Muslim viewers” in #PeterboroughByElection will turn out in large numbers to save Labour. A very public admission that Labour is the party of choice for Islam.— David Vance (@DVATW) June 6, 2019
Brexit Party activists conceding defeat, telling us Labour's probably just pipped it.— Britain Elects (@britainelects) June 6, 2019
Going to be close? Sounds ominous.
The ballot boxes are being counted here in Peterborough.— Matthew Thompson (@mattuthompson) June 6, 2019
It sounds like it will be a close one. Brexit Party sources are really worried about the Labour ground game.
Have they managed to get the vote out enough to save their blushes?@LBC pic.twitter.com/G1gtuhUqW9
He's gone now, why is this muppet still wittering on?
From rolling back women's reproductive rights to defending white supremacists and far-right nationalists - President Trump's behaviour flies in the face of ideals America was founded upon.— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) June 6, 2019
As the US's closest friends we have a duty to speak out. #BBCQTpic.twitter.com/pYDBvh1dU4
All together - who are ya?
Labour MP @AnnelieseDodds says she does not support the UK’s decision to host Donald Trump's state visit. #bbcqt pic.twitter.com/pTCDZo0FMy— BBC Question Time (@bbcquestiontime) June 6, 2019
That face when you’re canvassed in the Peterborough by-election pic.twitter.com/euOE8N3oXq— Mo' (@mocent0) June 6, 2019