The sitting MP for Copeland, Jamie Reed (Labour) announced on 21 December that he would be standing down in the New Year and returning to his previous employer, at Nuclear Fuels, Sellafield. No loss, it must be said. I'll declare an interest here. For those who don't know, Copeland is effectively the town of my birth, Whitehaven and its environs. It has been solid Labour since 1935 and Mr Reed had a majority of less than 3 thousand over the Conservatives at the 2015 General Election, with UKIP a strong 3rd. The talk of the town is should Mr Corbyn decide to 'impose' one of his own preferred candidates to run for Labour, then it is likely they will lose the seat whenever the By Election takes place. The constituency voted by almost 2 to 1 for leaving the EU on 23 June last year (I refuse to use the term Brexit!) and therefore the By Election could be an early indicator of which way the Political wind is blowing up North - it may be a straight forward fight between the Conservatives or UKIP. If so, it could well signal that Labour is losing it's grip on the North of England, similar to its meltdown in Scotland. For a constituency that up until recently could have literally stuck a red rosette on a monkey and got it elected to Westminster, there are very interesting times ahead. The Lib Dems are almost an irrelevance there, so I also look forward to that Pygmy Farron having to eat his own words about his Party's comeback!