Labour party candidate Lisa Forbes has held onto her seat in the Peterborough by-elections by 683 votes against Nigel Farage’s Brexit party candidate Mike Greene.
Peterborough was expected to be a safe Brexit seat after the 2016 referendum where the leave party held onto the city with 61% of the votes.
The by-election was called after labour MP Fiona Onasanya was dramatically ousted after lying about a speeding offence, being dismissed under the new recall rules.
Forbes stated that Labours victory was “significant” and that it had “despite the different opinions across our city, the fact that the Brexit Party have been rejected here in Peterborough shows that the politics of division will not win.”
Farage made a brief appearance at the vote count but left shortly after, not giving any statements.
The Conservative Party, which has traditionally never placed strongly in the constituency, came in third.