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After Batley and Spen, where now for Keir Starmer? – cartoon

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Surely the Labour leader can think of something with which to assail the Conservatives…•You can order your own copy of this cartoon

How Labour defied the doubters in the Batley and Spen byelection

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Whenever Kim Leadbeater was asked if she would follow in her sister’s footsteps and enter politics, she would always say no – for two reasons: “One was because I swear too much. The second was because I’m not very goo...

Batley and Spen gives Starmer a second chance – will he take it?

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A Tory triumph in Batley and Spen would have rewarded scandal, nepotism and a bungled pandemic. Labour’s success, then, is a moment to cheer in bleak times. Yet in the wave of triumph expressed by Keir Starmer’s cheer...

The Batley and Spen result can’t paper over the cracks for Labour

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Expecting the unexpected has become part of the brief when covering British politics, and Labour candidate Kim Leadbeater’s win in the Batley and Spen byelection was no exception. One of the factors in these surprise ...

Batley and Spen byelection live: Keir Starmer hails Labour win after ‘poisoned’ campaign

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Kim Leadbeater defeats Tory Ryan Stephenson by a margin of 323 votes, while George Galloway comes third

Starmer has a little breathing space after Batley and Spen. He must use it wisely

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If part of the art of politics is expectation management, then Keir Starmer can consider himself an artist. Few in his own party or outside it expected the result that came close to dawn on Friday morning. On the cont...

Friday briefing: Labour’s wafer-thin win in Batley and Spen

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Good morning, I’m Graham Russell and welcome to Friday and the stories making the news so far today. Kim Leadbeater has been hailed as “brilliant and brave” by Labour leader Keir Starmer this morning after she defied...

Batley and Spen byelection: voters head to polls after bitter campaign battle

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Voters in the West Yorkshire constituency of Batley and Spen go to the polls today in a byelection touted as a fundamental test of Sir Keir Starmer’s leadership of the Labour party. Labour is defending a majority of m...

How the Batley and Spen byelection turned toxic

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Maya Wolfe-Robinson visits the Labour-held West Yorkshire seat of Batley and Spen, which votes in an increasingly heated byelection tomorrow How to listen to podcasts: everyt...

TUC condemns Batley byelection ‘dirty tricks’ after fake Labour leaflet

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Campaigners have condemned “dirty tricks” in the Batley and Spen byelection and expressed fears for activists, after fake leaflets suggested Labour believed “whiteness” was the biggest threat to communities. Meanwhile...

The Batley and Spen byelection will reveal the depth of Labour’s predicament

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A lot rides on Batley and Spen. Labour will be desperate to buck its recent trend of poor electoral form against the Conservatives. If it can’t, the depth of its predicament will be further highlighted. But even if it...

‘He’s never spoken up about Muslims’: Keir Starmer leaves Batley voters disaffected

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When Keir Starmer shifted Labour’s position on Kashmir in the first weeks of his leadership last year, he may not have realised that his stated intention of preventing “issues of the subcontinent to divide communities...

Ex-Labour MP George Galloway joins Batley and Spen byelection race

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George Galloway is to contest the upcoming Batley and Spen byelection in a move that could make it harder for Labour to hold the seat. After the party’s defeat to the Tories in the recent Hartlepool byelection, Labour...

Batley teacher suspended after showing Charlie Hebdo image can return

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A teacher who ignited protests at a school in West Yorkshire after using a controversial image of the prophet Muhammad in class has been cleared of causing deliberate offence and told he can have his job back. The tea...

Religious leaders and politicians call for calm in Batley cartoon row

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The row over a teacher’s use of an offensive cartoon depicting the prophet Muhammad is being exploited by parties on both sides, and by the education secretary, Gavin Williamson, according to politicians and religious...

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