The Daily Mirror needs a reality check after falsely reporting that Labour has been dealt a “crushing” defeat in a council by-election in Sheffield, shortly after a huge rally in support of Jeremy Corbyn. There was nothing “crushing” about it.
Perhaps reporter Mikey Smith – who has done good work in the past – didn’t realise that the result is not indicative as the turnout was very low – only 28 per cent of registered electors bothered to vote. Ah, no – it’s in his report.
Perhaps he didn’t realise that coming second could hardly be described as “crushing”. If he wanted to see anybody crushed, that would be the Conservative candidate, who had just 229 votes.
The Liberal Democrat candidate was a popular resident of the Mosborough ward, while Labour’s candidate didn’t live there.
And – probably most importantly – the Labour candidate was publicly anti-Jeremy Corbyn and did not mention him on any of her campaign literature.
What does it mean?
It means Labour candidates who don’t like Corbyn lose. Get the message, Mirror?
Labour suffered a crushing defeat in a local by-election tonight, losing a seat just three weeks after a Jeremy Corbyn rally attracted thousands of supporters.
The election was to replace Councillor Isobel Bowler, a longstanding and popular Labour councillor in the Sheffield Ward of Mosborough, who died in June.
In May, Labour won all three seats in the Ward, with the Lib Dems languishing in fourth place behind Ukip and the Conservative Party.
But in tonight’s by-election, Both Labour and Ukip’s votes collapsed, and Lib Dem candidate Gail Smith won on an 11 point lead.
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