- Polls suggest the Tories are set to win the Copeland seat for first time since 1924
- Corbyn’s unpopularity means Labour campaigners want him to stay away
- But Theresa May has visited the seat today in sign of growing confidence
- Labour issuing leaflets warning that mothers and babies ‘will die’ if Tories win
Labour is facing a major backlash over leaflets warning voters in the Copeland by-election that mothers and babies ‘will die’ if the Tories win.
The party was accused of ‘terrorising the electorate’ and ‘utter desperation’ after handing out the overblown literature in effort to salvage its campaign.
Polls suggest the Tories are set to win the previously safe Labour seat for the first time since 1924.
In a sign of growing confidence, Theresa May visited the area today.
Mike Smithson, who runs the Political Betting website, tweeted a copy of the Labour leaflet
The overblown literature was condemned by Tory MP James Cleverly
But by contrast Mr Corbyn’s unpopularity means Labour campaigners in the Cumbria seat want him to stay away.
Mr Corbyn has already been barred from visiting the other by-election campaign in Stoke, according to insiders, who say the veteran left-wing socialist is ‘not a plus on the doorstep’.
Aides have confirmed the Labour leader will not visit Copeland again ahead of the February 23 by-election.
Last week a YouGov survey revealed Mr Corbyn had negative approval ratings among all demographics – including among Labour’s traditional working class base, northern voters, women and young people.