Tracy Brabin Wins Batley And Spen By Election
21 October 2016, 02:37
Labour has held Batley and Spen in the by-election caused by the killing of MP Jo Cox.
Former Coronation Street actress Tracy Brabin secured the West Yorkshire constituency with a majority of 16,537 after the Conservatives, Liberal Democrats, Ukip and the Greens decided not to put up candidates out of respect for Mrs Cox.
She finished ahead of English Demorcrat Therese Hirst - one of nine independent and fringe party candidates to contest the seat in a list which included representatives of the far-right National Front and BNP, who all lost their deposits.
Turnout was just 25% - one of the lowest by-election turnouts since the Second World War.
In her acceptance speech, Ms Brabin - who took almost 82% of the vote - said her win was a victory for "hope and unity''.
"This has been a difficult experience for all of us and tonight is a bittersweet occasion for me. That this by-election has had to take place at all is a tragedy.
"I hope Jo will be proud tonight of our community. We have shown that we stand together with one voice choosing unity and hope.''
|Candidate||Party||Number of Votes|
|Therese Hirst||English Democrats||969|
|David Furness||British National Party||548|
|Corbyn Anti||By Election Protest||241|
|Jack Buckby||No to terrorism, yes to Britain||220|
|Henry Edmond Burke Mayhew||Independent||153|
|Waqas Aki Khan||Independent||118|
|Richard Edmonds||National Front||87|
|Ankit Love||One Love Party||34|