What does the Barnsley Central result tell us?

Not much really.  We had a great candidate in James Hockney but Labour had a former Para with service in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Perhaps not a perfect candidate but probably not far off.

Labour created a commanding lead and with the turnout so low the results for the other parties was always going to be unpredictable.  The precise order is relatively unimportant when the gap between the second and sixth candidates was less than 2,000 votes and the winner was over 11,00 votes ahead

A fiercely loyal, almost tribal, Labour vote and a poster-boy candidate is the story of last night, with over four years until the next General Election any other interpretation is pretty meaningless.

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