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Kim Leadbeater: Batley and Spen have 'rejected division and voted for hope'

Kim Leadbeater has won the Batley and Spen by-election in a result which will allow Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer to breathe a sigh of relief. Labour faced turmoil if the West Yorkshire seat was lost, but Ms Leadbetter’s success will ease the pressure on Sir Keir. She took the seat with 13,296 votes, a majority of 323 over Tory candidate Ryan Stephenson after a bitter contest.

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