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Labour demands inquiry into claims over spending for PM byelection visit

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Labour has called for an inquiry into allegations that Boris Johnson broke the ministerial code by using a taxpayer-funded plane for a byelection campaign visit. The claim was prompted by a report saying the Conservat...

The ugly side of Batley’s byelection shows the perils of rainbow coalitions

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I don’t want to be priggish. I accept that when you are fighting the fascistic you have to win and not be too picky about how you do it. But Labour’s victory over George Galloway in Batley and Spen should make you won...

The Guardian view on Labour’s byelection win: a leader’s brief reprieve

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Britain feels better for putting an ugly byelection contest behind it. The very worst of politics was on display in West Yorkshire, with homophobia and intimidation taking root in the campaign to be the next MP for Ba...

Labour’s byelection victory was a strike against the politics of division

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When I was with Kim Leadbeater in Batley and Spen a few weeks ago, I was struck by two things. First, that I had never seen such warmth and affection for a candidate from local people. Whether we were in the high stre...

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 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

Labour candidate Kim Leadbeater wins narrow victory in Batley and Spen byelection

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Labour has narrowly won the Batley and Spen byelection, holding on to the West Yorkshire seat after a hotly contested campaign. Labour won 13,296 votes with the Tories recording 12,973, according to official results. ...

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...

‘They’re all lawyers’: Labour voters look elsewhere in Batley byelection

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“My brother was a miner, my dad was a builder, my mam was a barmaid who worked in mills, I was a nurse – you’re not going to vote anybody but Labour, are you?” Cheryl Rowan, 62, is just the type of voter that the Labo...

The Observer view on the Tory byelection defeat in Chesham and Amersham

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The resounding Conservative defeat in last week’s byelection in Chesham and Amersham should ring alarm bells for Boris Johnson. There are many ways to dismiss this result as an anomaly: opposition to HS2 and planning ...

The blue wall: what next for the Tories after a shock byelection defeat?

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It was during an emergency trip to the local B&Q last Thursday that a Lib Dem staffer was faced with the final and most bizarre decision of a long and gruelling byelection campaign: which mallet? Constituents were...

Boris Johnson says Tory loss in Chesham and Amersham byelection ‘disappointing’ – UK politics live

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PM claims ‘particular circumstances’ behind Lib Dem victory as Lib Dem leader Ed Davey says party is threat to Conservatives now

Friday briefing: Lib Dems put a chink in ‘blue wall’ at byelection

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Good morning, I’m Warren Murray. Hopefully this will hit the spot. The Liberal Democrats have won a byelection in the Buckinghamshire constituency of Chesham and Amersham, taking the formerly safe seat from the Torie...

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...

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