In the coming week Copeland Constituency Labour Party will select their choice of candidate to fight the up coming by election. The election was triggered by the resignation of Jamie Reed a little before Christmas 2016.
There are many local issues political parties will use to campaign for election victory in what was a BRexit area in the EU referendum.
But one big issue is Sellafield pensions. The following is a Labour Party press release Friday:
Unelected PM Theresa May and her Tory government is trying to downgrade the final-salary pension scheme at Sellafield.
In December trade unions representing many of Sellafield’s 10,000 workers wrote to the government warning they cannot support either of the options being considered meaning that industrial action could be on the cards.
The biggest political threat to a Labour Party candidate could come from UKip but surely only on the issue of BRexit?
With local hospital services under threat and UKip leader Paul Nuttall already on record favouring privatisation of our health service how can they win?
Three women have been selected for the Labour Party short list of candidates in Copeland. Next week one will be selected to represent the constituency as Labour Party candidate.
The by-election was triggered by the resignation of Labour Party MP and local man Jamie Reed.
Mr Reed joined politics from the Sellafield nuclear industry and is returning to his roots but with a lucrative new job.
He quit Sellafield initially and then quit politics claiming both times he could serve the community better by the move. Was that true or were both moves more self-motivated?
With planned boundary changes looming some MPs may find their constituency vanish or merge with another. This could lead to other resignations ahead of the game.
Friday it was Tristram Hunt quitting for a very lucrative job at the Victoria and Albert Museum London.
Copeland and Mr Hunt's Stoke constituency will both be big challenges for the Labour Party. Both are BRexit areas of the country. This will probably mean that local voters will not favour the Lib Dems but could opt for UKip.
However the current NHS crisis and local issues will be best challenged by a Labour Party representative
The Labour Party short list for Copeland is;
Jennie Formby: Labour's new general secretary