Jamie Reed, the MP for Copeland in Cumbria, resigned from the shadow frontbench after Jeremy Corbyn was first elected [Image: Gary Calton for the Observer].

This is a real opportunity for UKIP, either to show up any real weakness Labour has – or to be shown up as foolishly presumptuous.

UKIP wants to build itself up as a threat to Labour in the north of England, arguing that the SNP has destroyed Labour in Scotland and the Tories have a tight grip on the south.

We can see, therefore, that the aim is to do the Tories’ job for them and eliminate – as much as possible – the only major left-wing party in the UK.

Jamie Reed’s constituency gave him a majority of just 2,564 last year, making it a marginal, and vulnerable to takeover by another party.

Perhaps that is his intention. If so, it seems likely to go horribly wrong.

Mr Reed was one of the most right-wing of the Labour right-wingers and it is possible this is why voter support for him was low.

Put a supporter of Jeremy Corbyn in his place and it is not beyond the realms of possibility that a more substantial majority will vote Labour.

That would put Mr Reed – and UKIP – out of reckoning.

But then, can you honestly trust the judgement of a man who thinks going to work for the nuclear power industry is a clever career move?

One of Jeremy Corbyn’s most persistent critics is to quit as a Labour MP and take a job in the nuclear industry, triggering a three-way fight for his marginal northern seat with the Conservatives and Ukip.

Jamie Reed, the MP for Copeland in west Cumbria since 2005, told the Guardian he was resigning because he believed he could achieve more for his community in his new job, working for the nuclear processing site Sellafield, than on the backbenches.

The outgoing MP has been very critical of Corbyn’s leadership, having resigned from the shadow frontbench almost immediately after he was first elected in 2015. In June, Reed called for Corbyn to stand down after the EU referendum, accusing the Labour leader of seeking “to inject an unprecedented poison” into the party.

Explaining why he quit, Reed said: “One of the reasons that I am moving on is because I think there’s a better way of doing that [serving his community] right now than to remain as a member of parliament.”

Source: Corbyn critic quits as Labour MP, triggering tight byelection race | Politics | The Guardian

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