The extreme right-wing MPs who resigned in order to cause these by-elections have both been succeeded by MPs well to their left.
Even though one of the newly elected is an abusively anti-Corbyn Labourite, while the other is a Conservative.
Still, though, they are both well to the left of Tristram Hunt and Jamie Reed.
A political party died in the early hours of this morning. But it was not the Labour Party.
Stoke Central was supposed to have been the main event. Until Labour had the impertinence to hold it.