UK’s Brexit Party Narrowly Defeated in Key Electoral Test

Posted on June 7, 2019 6:19 am

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Britain’s upstart Brexit Party failed in its first attempt to win a seat in Parliament, narrowly losing early Friday to the left-of-center Labour Party in a special election. Labour candidate Lisa Forbes won the Peterborough constituency in eastern England by 683 votes over the Brexit Party’s Mike Greene. Forbes said the Brexit Party’s defeat “shows that the politics of division will not win,” though Labour’s share of the vote fell sharply from the last election in 2017. The governing Conservative Party, in disarray over Brexit and engulfed in a leadership battle, came third. Prime Minister Theresa May is stepping down