Labor has won Batley and Spen by election by just 323 Conservative votes.
Kim Leadbeater, who becomes the new congressional deputy for the constituency after a conflicting campaign, said she was “delighted that the people of Batley and Spen have rejected the split and voted for hope.”
The result is a positive boost for Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer, who described it as a “fantastic result”.
Labor got 13,296 votes to 12,973 for the Conservatives, while George Galloway was third with 8,264 votes.
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Conservative Party Co-Chair Amanda Milling described the result as “disappointing”, but reflecting on the fact that ruling parties “do not win by elections” she added: “It is quite extraordinary that it was as tight as it was.” . ”
Speaking after the recount, Galloway said that “the result of this election cannot be sustained, and we will take all necessary legal steps to have that result annulled.”
The by-election came about because Tracy Brabin had to resign as a Labor MP from the seat when she won the West Yorkshire mayoralty in May.
The majority of the 3,525 he got in the 2019 general election is down a lot, but it will take the pressure off Keir Starmer nonetheless.
Leadbeater, the sister of Jo Cox, who was killed while fulfilling her duties as a seat MP, told BBC Radio 4’s Today show that it was a “hugely emotional victory.”
She added: “If I can be half the deputy that Jo was, then it will be pretty good.”
He rejected the idea that the election was about the leadership of Keir Starmer, saying, “A lot of people are trying to make this election because of bigger national issues, but for me, and for the people I have spoken to, it was a lot about those local concerns. “
Reflecting on the campaign, she said: “My job as an MP now is to bring everyone in Batley and Spen together around a shared vision of what our community is like.”
She added: “We’ve had a really tough few weeks. We have had a lot of media attention, we have received a lot of candidates from other parties who do not live around here. Now we have to rebuild as a community and I think my role in that will be really important. “
Analyzing the result, Politics.co.uk editor-in-chief Ian Dunt said Labor “remains in crisis, although not one that is about to unleash a leadership challenge.”
He added: “But sometimes politics is not about the national landscape, electoral strategies or the great cultural dividing lines of Brexit. Sometimes it is a moral tale, a matter of very basic values like decency and integrity. And that’s what happened in this seat for the last few weeks. ”
After the victory, Sir Keir tweeted: “Kim ran a positive campaign of hope, facing the division.”
“She will be a prominent Labor MP from Batley and Spen.”