Rosie Cooper MP was the Labour spokesperson on the panel for BBC News 24 coverage of the Cheadle by-election. Sitting alongside Chris Grayling MP (Conservative) and Lord Razzle (Liberal Democrat) Rosie analysed the result and the events of the evening.
Rosie said of being invited onto the panel:
“I was surprised to be invited on to the panel in the first place being a new MP, as it is the more seasoned MPs who are usually involved. Nonetheless it was interesting to watch the Tories explain away their failure to win their top target seat in the General Election and the Liberal Democrats (masters of negative campaigning) complaining very loudly that their tactics were used against them by the Conservatives. I commented that it was like watching two warring neighbours who should have been served with antisocial behaviour orders!"
"Overall it was a mixed bag for Labour. We expected to finish third in Cheadle, which we did, but we did regain a council seat in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham from the British National Party (BNP). Rejection of the BNP restores our faith in the British democratic process, especially in the light of recent events."
"Thursday turned into a rather long day, arriving at the Commons at 9am I did not make it to my London home till after 2am. I didn’t have time to feel the tiredness on Friday as being back in the constituency is so enjoyably hectic.”
The Cheadle by-election was called due to the sad death of sitting Liberal Democrat MP Patsy Calton, who died after a long battle with cancer.