UKIP was supposed to win Heywood and Middleton, supposed to win Oldham West and Royton, and supposed to win Batley and Spen.
The American Embassy invited Jamie Reed to observe the 2008 Presidential Election. He has CIA written all over him.
Note that his resignation has happened before the inauguration of President Trump, who might not necessarily be keen on shoring up the transatlantic Liberal Establishment.
It is perfectly possible to support nuclear power but not nuclear weapons.
It is perfectly possible to support nuclear power instead of nuclear weapons, and flood defences instead of nuclear non-defences.
It is perfectly possible to take that view and therefore to support Jeremy Corbyn.
Such a candidate deserves to be the next Member of Parliament for Copeland.