People in all three places had a pretty clear view about the unorthodox circumstances giving rise to the contests.
A by-election in the predecessor seat to Tamowrth in 1996 saw a Tory majority of 12.5 per cent become a 31.6 per cent Labour one.
According to local Conservative sources, Purbrick “won on the first ballot” in what was a “well-attended” contest.
Bear in mind that if a week is a long time in politics, 16 months is an eternity. A lot can happen between now and October 2024, surely the earliest date for the general election.