Waking up this morning to great news from Oldham and sunshine across the Dales. Jim McMahon has stormed home with 17,209 votes, 10,000 (yes, ten thousand) more than Ukip, leaving the Tories a poor third with 2,596.
The first parliamentary election since the new leader should give us all a great surge of hope, whether we back jeremy Corbyn or not. The late Michael Meacher was an admirer, the new incumbent reportedly less so, although he did say after the victory 'I think he is actually a very reasonable guy.'
Despite a media narrative of splits within Labour, there is plenty of room for us all to move forward with fertile and not toxic debate. This is a great start to the next four and a half years.