There was little comfort for anyone in the Peterborough result

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So, Labour kept the Brexit Party out in Peterborough. Thank goodness. And the Tories came third.

But should anyone be celebrating? I doubt it.

The LibDems and Green suffered as tactical voting came into play: I would have had to vote Labour in Peterborough, with all my reservations about their policy. And they remained way behind the Tory / Brexit vote in combination, which is worrying. I'd strongly suggest Labour can take little comfort from this at anything other than an immediate level.

Whilst we should all worry that the Brexit Party said the Labour Party won because the Peterborough Pakistani community supported them, playing a deeply racist card in a dangerous way when doing so.

At least the Brexit Party did not win. But there was little other comfort to be had last night, I suggest.