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Estrella
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« on: March 19, 2021, 04:20:26 PM »

I want to have some of what Ladbrokes punters are smoking.

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Estrella
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« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2022, 07:46:25 PM »

Two most recent by-elections caused by an MP being kicked upstairs to the Lords were Ribble Valley in 1991 and before that Penrith and the Border in 1983. The former took place in the middle of the poll tax battle and Tories obviously lost. The latter happened just weeks after the 1983 landslide and Tories still nearly managed to lose it, only holding on by 600 votes. Apparently it made Thatcher swear to never elevate another MP again.

All of this doesn't necessarily mean anything, of course, but there's a good reason why we haven't seen this type of by-election for a long time. Boris knows the history of his party well; he knows what he's doing.
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