James Forsyth James Forsyth

Labour hold Batley and Spen

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Labour have held on to Batley and Spen. In a result that will win some breathing space for Keir Starmer’s leadership, Labour won with a majority of 323 votes.

Now, holding on to a seat in a by-election with a substantially reduced majority isn’t a spectacular result for an opposition.

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