Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May walks to greet Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahayan at Number 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, February 23, 2017. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth
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The Conservatives captured the north western region of Copeland that Labour have held since 1935, the first by-election gain for a governing party for 35 years and a result which piles pressure on the opposition's under-fire socialist leader, Jeremy Corbyn.Meanwhile in the central English seat of Stoke-on-Trent, Paul Nuttall, leader of the populist anti-EU U.K. Independence Party, failed to overturn a Labour majority despite almost 70 percent of the city's voters backing leaving the bloc at last year's referendum, casting doubt on his future too.The two results point to May's tightening grip on political power following the Brexit vote, and will be used as evidence that her strategy of pursuing a clean break with the EU has stemmed rising right-wing populism without denting her ability to take votes from an increasingly left-wing Labour Party.
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