Relief for Keir Starmer as Labour retains seat in what was billed as a referendum on his leadership.
The gradual waning of the 'vaccine boost' combined with tactical progressive voting and local issues to sink the Conservatives in a 'blue wall' seat.
On Saturday, five federal seats will have a byelection, with particular attention being paid to tight races in Longman and Braddon. And all have implications for the major parties and their leaders.
In announcing the retreat, Finance Minister Mathias Cormann reaffirmed that the government remained committed to the cuts, and cast the July 28 byelections as a referendum on them.
The party picked the wrong candidate and the wrong tactics in this byelection, and it showed in the result.
Copeland has been Labour for more than 30 years, but these are not normal times and this is no ordinary by-election.
Caroline Johnson won with a large majority in the by-election in Lincolnshire.
A tory political career ends, a Lib Dem’s begins – and Labour loses its deposit.
The Conservatives held on to the former prime ministers local seat but have lost votes to their former coalition partners.