Thursday’s council by-election in Cumbria was almost certainly the last of its kind we’ll see before polling day. No more by-elections are scheduled between now and 7 May. The steady drip of local results, week in week out, is over.
And Ukip got the last laugh, beating the Tories to come second:
The result represents a tiny 0.6% swing from Labour to Ukip. But a comparison with the result in this ward in 2010, on the same day as the last general election, shows a net 10.4% swing to Labour.
The Press Association’s analysis of four comparable council by-elections since 26 March suggests a projected 2.9% nationwide lead for Labour over the Conservatives.