Labour narrowly hold Batley and Spen seat in by-election
Labour’s Kim Leadbeater – sister of murdered MP Jo Cox – has narrowly won the Batley and Spen by-election.
After beating her Tory rival by just 323 votes, she said constituents had “rejected division” and “voted for hope.”
She will now represent the seat previously held by sister Jo Cox who was stabbed and shot to death in 2016.
The news will ease pressure on leader Keir Starmer after recent election defeats for Labour.
Kim Leadbeater said the majority of her conversations with voters during the campaign were about local issues rather than national ones.
Asked on BBC Breakfast whether Sir Keir had been an asset or a problem, she said: “The focus of the campaign was very much listening to local people.”
The campaign in West Yorkshire was marred by acrimony, personal abuse and allegations of dirty tricks.
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