Which party will win the Blackpool South by-election? (Scott Benton’s seat)
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Blackpool South MP Scott Benton has been found to have broken lobbying rules and the standards watchdog has recommended a 35-day suspension:

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2023/dec/14/blackpool-mp-scott-benton-faces-commons-suspension-over-lobbying-scandal

This could lead to a by-election - there’s a market here on whether this by-election will take place:

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Blackpool South would be a very interesting seat for a by-election. It was previously seen as a swing seat, one of the seats which went from the Tories to Labour in the 1997 landslide. After that it was seen as a safe-ish Labour seat, staying in the red column even as the Tories took power in 2010 and gained a majority in 2015.

But in 2019 it was part of the so called “red wall” won over by Johnson’s “Get Brexit Done” campaign.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackpool_South_(UK_Parliament_constituency)

If Starmer’s Labour can win it back with a comfortable majority, that would be a sign that he’s on his way to Downing Street!

Which party will win the by-election?

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Labour won the seat in a landslide!

The market resolves to Labour.

writ will be moved today according to Sam Coates, confirming a by-election on May 2nd.

It's spelled "Benton"

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