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.