Kim Leadbeater Selected As Labour’s Candidate For Batley And Spen

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Kim Leadbeater, the sister of murdered former MP Jo Cox, has been selected as Labour’s candidate for the Batley and Spen by-election.

Cox represented the seat until she was shot and stabbed by a far-right extremist in June 2016.

A by-election was triggered earlier this month by the decision of Tracey Brabin, who succeeded Cox, to step down as an MP following her election as the first mayor of West Yorkshire.

Labour is desperate to hold on to the seat following the party’s crushing defeat in another “red wall” by-election in Hartlepool earlier this month.

The result triggered a bitter round of recriminations, with the Labour left – marginalised under Sir Keir – gunning for the party leader.

Former shadow home secretary Diane Abbott – a close ally of ex-leader Jeremy Corbyn – said it could be “curtains” for Sir Keir if they lose again.

No date has been been set for the contest. Labour is defending a majority of 3,525 from the 2019 general election. 

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