Batley & Spen 2021 by-election outcomes
- Kim Leadbeater (Lab) 13,296 (35.27%)
- Ryan Stephenson (C) 12,973 (34.42%)
- George Galloway (WP) 8,264 (21.92%)
- Thomas Gordon (LD) 1,254 (3.33%)
- Corey Robinson (Yorkshire) 816 (2.16%)
- Therese Hirst (Eng Dem) 207 (0.55%)
- Jack Thomson (UKIP) 151 (0.40%)
- Howling Laud Hope (Loony) 107 (0.28%)
- Mike Davies (Green Soc) 104 (0.28%)
- Paul Bickerdike (CPA) 102 (0.27%)
- Jonathan Tilt (FA) 100 (0.27%)
- Anne Marie Waters (FB) 97 (0.26%)
- Andrew Smith (Rejoin) 75 (0.20%)
- Oliver Purser (Soc Dem) 66 (0.18%)
- Jayda Fransen (Ind) 50 (0.13%)
- Susan Laird (Heritage) 33 (0.09%)
- Lab maj 323 (0.86%)
- Electorate 79,373; Turnout 37,695 (47.49%)
Sir Keir Starmer has staved off a political disaster after the Labour Party clung on to Batley and Spen in an important by-election regardless of George Galloway’s efforts to woo Muslim voters in one of the crucial fractious campaigns in latest reminiscence.
Labour candidate Kim Leadbeater, the sister of murdered MP Jo Cox, managed to fend off Tory challenger Ryan Stephenson, who got here second, and maverick Mr Galloway, who got here third, with a tiny majority of 323.
Speaking at Cathedral House in Huddersfield after the outcome was introduced, Miss Leadbeater thanked West Yorkshire Police for the safety she had been given amid claims supporters of Mr Galloway’s Workers Party had intimidated her, however stated: ‘Sadly I wanted them greater than ever.’
The Labour MP added: ‘I’m completely delighted that the folks of Batley and Spen have rejected division and they’ve voted for hope.’ She thanked her household saying ‘with out them I couldn’t have gotten via the final 5 years, by no means thoughts the final 5 weeks.’
Party chief Sir Keir stated the by-election was a ‘implausible outcome for the sensible and courageous’ Miss Leadbeater, including: ‘Kim ran a optimistic marketing campaign of hope, within the face of division. She will likely be an impressive Labour MP for Batley and Spen.’
Deputy chief Angela Rayner, who was accused of plotting to problem Sir Keir if Labour had misplaced the vote, tweeted this morning: ‘Congrats to @kimleadbeater and the entire Labour workforce. Thank you to the folks of Batley & Spen It was so good to see so many activists out on the doorstep.’
Brendan Cox, the widower of Mrs Cox, the Batley and Spen MP who was murdered by a far-Right extremist in June 2016 in the course of the EU referendum marketing campaign, tweeted: ‘We are all extremely happy with @kimleadbeater at the moment and Jo would have been too.
‘While the outcome between the 2 essential events was shut the extremists & haters have been left trailing. The folks of Batley & Spen have voted for decency and positivity as soon as once more.’
But talking to media exterior Cathedral House, Mr Galloway stated he’ll apply to the courts to have the election outcome put aside.
Boris Johnson’s inroads into Labour strongholds has been halted for a second time in a month, following the get together’s defeat to the Liberal Democrats on the Chesham and Amersham by-election.
The newest failure comes after disgraced former Health Secretary Matt Hancock was caught flouting his personal social distancing guidelines along with his mistress, and after the Government selected to increase lockdown by at the least one other month to July 19, the brand new so-called Freedom Day.
Sir John Curtice, who’s in command of the primary exit polls at common elections, stated some within the Tory Party might blame the Hancock saga for at the moment’s loss.
He informed the Today programme: ‘The Tories will likely be kicking themselves that they didn’t handle to win… one guess is maybe the finger of blame might maybe be pointed by a few of his colleagues at Matt Hancock.
‘There’s been some indicators within the polls that resignation has certainly has seen some slippage within the Conservative place over Labour.
‘Given how slender Labours victory has been that slip is sure to be one other supply of hypothesis about why in the long run the Conservatives did not make it.’
Kim Leadbeater of the Labour Party sticks up her thumb as she reacts to the media after successful the Batley and Spen by-election this morning
Sir Keir Starmer’s management staved away from disaster at the moment after the Labour Party clung onto Batley and Spen in an important by-election, regardless of hard-Left rebel George Galloway’s efforts to woo Muslim voters in one of the crucial fractious campaigns in latest reminiscence
Ms Leadbeater paid tribute to her late sister this morning and stated that she hoped she may very well be half the MP she was
Labour candidate Kim Leadbeater, the sister of murdered MP Jo Cox, has managed to fend off Tory challenger Ryan Stephenson, who got here second, and maverick Mr Galloway, who got here third, with a majority of just 323
George Galloway and Ryan Stephenson at Cathedral House in Huddersfield, for the Batley and Spen by-election
Labour Party chief Sir Keir Starmer leaves his London dwelling on the morning of the Batley and Spen by-election
Labour candidate Kim Leadbeater celebrates after successful at Cathedral House in Huddersfield
Ms Leadbeater paid tribute to her late sister this morning and stated that she hoped she may very well be half the MP she was.
She informed BBC Breakfast: ‘It’s inevitable not to consider Jo and mum and dad, and Jo’s youngsters. It has been a really emotional marketing campaign and at the moment may be very emotional for me, for numerous causes… if I may be half the MP Jo was, I do know I’ll do her proud. Fingers crossed that I do a implausible job, just as she did.’
Earlier, she stated in her victory speech: ‘There’s manner too many individuals to say by title, however I do wish to seek advice from my household and my buddies, who, with out them, I couldn’t have gotten via the final 5 years, by no means thoughts the final 5 weeks.
‘My superb dad and mom and my great accomplice, and I wish to give a particular shout out to my niece and nephew who I can not wait to hug as quickly as I see them’, she added referring to the kids of her late sister.
After taking the seat vacated by Labour’s Tracey Brabin turning into the mayor of West Yorkshire in May, Ms Leadbeater additionally thanked the police for their assist in the course of the exhausting fought marketing campaign, with out going into specifics.
‘I wish to say an enormous thanks to the police who, sadly, I’ve wanted greater than ever over the previous couple of weeks.
‘And I wish to say an enormous thanks to the entire Labour Party workforce for the hours, and the time, and the dedication that they’ve put into supporting me and serving to me to get to this implausible outcome this night.’
She added to BBC Breakfast: ‘It may be very unhappy that after I needs to be extremely excited – which I’m and actually trying ahead to the long run – that I’m additionally acutely aware of safety and security.’
‘We have gotten to reconnect with a few of our voters… I do not assume there’s something basically improper however there’s work to be completed.
‘What I discovered in the course of the marketing campaign is, no matter folks’s backgrounds, all of us care about the identical issues – we wish shut communities, good colleges, good social care, a powerful NHS… the values of the Labour get together round these key points are actually necessary to just about all people.’
After the early morning declaration, Ms Leadbeater stated after catching up on some sleep and ‘perhaps having just a few glasses of fizz’ she would step into her work as quickly as attainable.
She stated: ‘I believe the marketing campaign has highlighted that there is heaps to do. But I’m going to crack on with it and I’ll do my best possible to symbolize the entire of Batley and Spen as their new MP. I’m completely delighted that the folks of Batley and Spen have rejected division and they voted for hope.’
Earlier, she stated in her victory speech: ‘There’s manner too many individuals to say by title, however I do wish to seek advice from my household and my buddies, who, with out them, I couldn’t have gotten via the final 5 years, by no means thoughts the final 5 weeks’
Kim Leadbeater of the Labour Party reacts after successful the Batley and Spen by-election at Cathedral House
Speaking after her victory was declared, Miss Leadbeater thanked West Yorkshire Police for the safety she had been given amid allegations of intimidation by supporters of Mr Galloway’s Workers Party, however remarked: ‘Sadly I wanted them greater than ever’
A supporter of the Monster Raving Loony Party waits as a bundle recount is undertaken for the Batley and Spen by-election at Cathedral House in Huddersfield
Workers Party candidate George Galloway at Cathedral House in Huddersfield talks to supporters in the course of the Batley and Spen by-election rely
Labour chief Sir Keir stated the crunch by-election was a ‘implausible outcome for the sensible and courageous’ Miss Leadbeater, including: ‘Kim ran a optimistic marketing campaign of hope, within the face of division. She will likely be an impressive Labour MP for Batley and Spen.’
Deputy chief Angela Rayner tweeted: ‘It was good to see so many activists out on the doorstep’
Brendan Cox, the widower of Miss Cox, the Batley and Spen MP who was murdered by a far-Right extremist in June 2016 in the course of the EU referendum marketing campaign, tweeted: ‘We are all extremely happy with @kimleadbeater at the moment and Jo would have been too’
Speculation had been rife Sir Keir might have confronted a management problem if Labour had misplaced yet one more Red Wall election.
But the get together is more likely to regard the by-election as a possible comeback for him, with a supply telling Mail on Sunday columnist Dan Hodges: ‘Everyone’s been claiming this can be a referendum on Keir’s management. Well, we have received.’
Yet Lord Adonis, a Blairite former cupboard minister, stated the scenario for Labour was ‘grim’ regardless of the by-election success.
‘The tiny Labour majority of 323 in Batley and Spen will stave off an instantaneous management problem to Keir Starmer, just because the tiny Labour majority of 683 within the Peterborough by-election of June 2019 preserved Corbyn’s management two years in the past,’ he stated. ‘But clearly the scenario is grim.’
It follows a divisive marketing campaign through which Miss Leadbeater confronted abuse from rival canvassers however was additionally accused of stoking racial and sectarian tensions by distributing leaflets aimed on the Pakistani Muslim inhabitants within the space.
Turnout was considerably down on the 66.5 per cent attained on the 2019 General Election at 47.61 per cent. However, there’s usually a 15-point drop in turnout at by-elections in comparison with common elections.
As the polls closed at 10pm, Miss Leadbeater accused her political rivals of ‘intimidation and violence’ and stated there had been ‘some unacceptable lows’ in the course of the six-week marketing campaign for the West Yorkshire seat.
In a press release printed on Twitter, she known as on the victor to ‘convey our group collectively and begin working for native folks’ after a vicious marketing campaign by Labour canvassers and supporters of Mr Galloway’s Workers Party.
Miss Leadbeater, whose sister was murdered by a far-Right extremist in the course of the 2016 referendum on EU membership, stated: ‘There have been many highs of this election marketing campaign however sadly there have additionally been some unacceptable lows.
‘The acts of intimidation and violence by some who’ve come right here with the only real goal of sowing division have been deeply upsetting to witness. Whatever the outcome tonight, the primary priorities of the brand new MP have to be to convey our group collectively and begin working for native folks in each a part of the constituency I’m proud to name my dwelling.’
Votes are counted for the Batley and Spen by-election at Cathedral House
Votes are counted at Cathedral House in Huddersfield, for the Batley and Spen by-election forward of Miss Leadbeater’s victory this morning
Votes are counted at Cathedral House in Huddersfield, for the Batley and Spen by-election
The Labour victory is more likely to result in deter any potential challengers from operating in opposition to Sir Keir amid rumours that Miss Rayner had acquired the backing of main commerce unions if she had determined to run in opposition to her boss within the occasion of a defeat.
However, the deputy chief has apparently not approached any unions immediately or informed them that she needs the job.
It follows new polling this week which steered as many as 4 in 10 get together members would need him to face down and make for new management within the wake of a loss.
Her spokesman informed the Times: ‘These obvious conversations are information to Angela. She has been campaigning to get the vote out for Kim and has not had a dialog with anybody – from a commerce union or in any other case – concerning the management of the Labour Party.’
On Thursday the Ashton beneath Lyne MP known as stories she had been canvassing help from MPs and commerce unions ‘information to me’.
Meanwhile, her allies informed the Guardian she doesn’t wish to stand now and they’re involved in regards to the danger to her fame if she stabs Sir Keir within the again.
Mr Galloway’s Workers Party focused Labour’s Asian and white working-class coalition in a bid to topple Sir Keir’s candidate.
In a polling day video, the previous Labour MP stated he had a ‘actual likelihood to convey in regards to the greatest shock in British political historical past’ and warned: ‘One factor is definite: it is curtains for Keir.’
Tensions flared between Mr Galloway’s get together and Labour supporters as either side sought the help of the constituency’s Asian communities by grandstanding on worldwide points together with Kashmir and Palestine.
George Galloway of the Workers Party reacts after the announcement of the outcomes of the Batley and Spen by-election at Cathedral House
Prime Minister Boris Johnson pictured with Tory candidate for Batley and Spen Ryan Stephenson
Labour get together candidate Kim Leadbeater leaves Norristhorpe United Reformed Church polling station after casting her vote within the West Yorkshire constituency by-election at Batley and Spen
Ballot containers arrive at Cathedral House in Huddersfield, prepared for the votes to be counted within the Batley and Spen by-election at Norristhorpe United Reformed Church in Liversedge
Ballot containers arrive at Cathedral House in Huddersfield, prepared for the votes to be counted within the Batley and Spen by-election
Kim Leadbeater, whose sister Miss Cox was murdered by a neo-Nazi terrorist in the course of the 2016 referendum on EU membership, stated there have been ‘some unacceptable lows’ in the course of the six-week marketing campaign for the seat within the West Yorkshire constituency
Voters within the West Yorkshire constituency of Batley and Spen are going to the polls in a by-election touted as a elementary take a look at of Sir Keir Starmer’s management of the Labour Party
Labour is defending a majority of greater than 3,000 within the seat however the bookies have the Conservatives as odds-on favourites to observe up their victory in Hartlepool in May and heap additional strain on Sir Keir
Labour is beneath strain after it circulated a leaflet important of Boris Johnson’s diplomatic dealings with Indian president Narendra Modi – a Hindu nationalist – in an space with a large Muslim inhabitants
Earlier this week, Labour lashed out over a pretend leaflet which presupposed to have been launched by the (*323*) Union Congress (TUC) highlighting get together chief Keir Starmer’s help for Black Lives Matter in a bid to hit his recognition amongst working class white voters
Sir Keir’s get together was accused of stoking non secular tensions after distributing a marketing campaign leaflet which printed a photograph of Mr Johnson shaking arms with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a Hindu nationalist, in an space with a large Muslim inhabitants.
An arrow pointing to the photograph stated: ‘The danger of voting for anybody however Labour is evident.’ Mr Johnson additionally confronted allegations he acted slowly on closing UK borders earlier this 12 months regardless of considerations in regards to the so-called Delta coronavirus variant as a result of he wished a commerce cope with India.
Last week, supporters of Mr Galloway have been accused of utilizing the latest preventing between Israel and Hamas in Palestine – and the Jewish heritage of Sir Keir’s spouse – to assault Labour.
Sir Keir condemned as ‘disgraceful’ the abuse Miss Leadbeater confronted from a man who challenged her over the scenario in Kashmir and her stance on LGBT+ schooling in colleges amid what he stated have been considerations from Muslim dad and mom.
It comes after a trainer at Batley Grammar School was suspended after Muslim dad and mom complained he had confirmed a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad to a blasphemy class.
Though an impartial inquiry dominated that he might rejoin the college, the trainer continues to dwell in hiding. Voters have been involved about rising crime, the closure of the Batley police station and the state of the financial system after successive lockdowns.
An aged Labour activist was allegedly bodily attacked and pelted with eggs final week – with West Yorkshire Police confirming an 18-year-old man from Batley had been arrested on suspicion of assault.
Miss Leadbeater is the sister of former Batley and Spen Miss Cox, who was murdered within the constituency in 2016. She forged her vote early on Thursday morning within the Liversedge space, giving a thumbs-up to photographers.
She harassed she is the one one of many 16 candidates eligible to vote as a result of she lives and works within the constituency.
In a message to voters after polls closed, Mr Stephenson stated: ‘Whatever the outcome, you proved that extra and extra native persons are prepared for change.’
Labour Leader Keir Starmer and Labour candidate Kim Leadbeater throughout a go to to the Jo Cox Community Wood in Liversedge
Labour get together candidate Kim Leadbeater leaves Norristhorpe United Reformed Church polling station after casting her vote within the West Yorkshire constituency by-election at Batley and Spen
A person leaves Batley Town Hall aftert casting his vote on July 1, 2021 in Batley
Labour get together candidate Kim Leadbeater leaves Norristhorpe United Reformed Church polling station at the moment after casting her vote within the West Yorkshire constituency
Voters within the West Yorkshire constituency of Batley & Spen are heading to the polls in a crunch by-election which is being extensively touted as a referendum on Sir Keir Starmer’s management of the Labour Party
Allies of Angela Rayner have been laying the groundwork for her to launch a management problem in opposition to Sir Keir if Labour loses the crunch Batley and Spen by-election
Sir Keir’s spokesman insisted the chief is on a ‘four-year path’ to steer the get together again into energy and wouldn’t be standing down if he oversaw one other electoral defeat.
‘But he performed down the prospect of a victory by saying it ‘has all the time been a marginal seat’ and that successful ‘was all the time going to be difficult’.
The Batley and Spen by-election was triggered after Tracy Brabin, who received the seat for Labour in 2019 with a 3,525 majority over the Conservatives, was elected because the mayor of West Yorkshire in May.
Ms Brabin, who stop after being elected mayor of West Yorkshire, additionally claimed final night time that activists had been pelted with eggs and kicked within the head whereas on the marketing campaign path earlier this week.
She stated she was leafleting with ‘colleagues, volunteers, campaigners’ in Batley on Sunday after they ‘have been adopted, verbally abused and bodily assaulted by a bunch of younger males’.
She stated: ‘The group I used to be with included younger folks and the aged. I witnessed them being egged, pushed and pressured to the bottom and kicked within the head.’
West Yorkshire Police confirmed on Sunday night it was investigating, and Ms Brabin – who additionally holds the police and crime commissioner accountability for the area – praised officers for their swift response.
She stated: ‘We know why tensions are rising in our streets. Those who wish to sow division aren’t welcome in our group. The actions of those folks don’t symbolize the Batley and Spen I do know. We are kinder than this.’
Labour MP for Halifax Holly Lynch added: ‘There has been a sequence of more and more critical and violent assaults in latest days and that is completely unacceptable. Lawless thugs are searching for to intimidate and assault these concerned within the correct democratic course of.’
Residents are voting amid accusations of foul play. Earlier this week, Labour lashed out over a pretend leaflet allegedly launched by the (*323*) Union Congress which highlighted Sir Keir Starmer’s help for Black Lives Matter in a bid to hit his recognition amongst white working-class voters.
The TUC stated it was a part of a ‘soiled tips marketing campaign’ and that these accountable ‘needs to be ashamed of themselves’.