In the months after Britain voted to leave the European Union, and it revealed a massive change in the UK’s political landscape. The public have shown how they are dissatisfied with the establishment parties. Since the referendum the political makeup of the UK has not been 100% clear, and major parties and political commentators have only been able to speculate on the electoral chances of the main parties. However, since the resigntion of two Labour MPs, the by-elections in Copeland and Stoke-on-Trent Central should show what the public think of political parties and the current political landscape of the UK.
These by-elections will provide information that is useful for every political party, but mostly the Labour Party. In recent times the Labour Leadership has been under fire for their Brexit strategy and questions have been asked about the party’s electoral chances since Jeremy Corbyn’s re-election as leader of the party. His strategy of accepting the Government’s Brexit plan seems like an attempt to gain back lost Labour voters who voted leave in the referendum.
It is also a big election for UKIP, who will be able to see their own electoral chances based upon the election results, as popularity for the party has increased since the 2015 General Election, and these by-elections could take their number of MPs from 1 to 3.
The election provides opportunities for the Liberal Democrats and Conservatives to see how their credibility is compared to Labour and UKIP.
Overall these by-elections will reveal the true scale of the political landscape and answer some important questions. Do the public approve of Theresa May? What do they think of the current Labour leadership and Brexit policy? And what do the public think of UKIP?
These results will reveal a lot of information about how the public view politics and our political parties.