The sister of murdered MP Jo Cox is hoping to run in the by-elections in Batley and Spen.
Kim Leadbeater has announced her intention to be the party’s candidate for West Yorkshire constituency – where Mrs. Cox was a member of Parliament before she was killed.
Speaking to the Batley and Birstall News, Ms Leadbeater revealed that she was ‘moved’ by the number of people who asked her if she would stand up.
“It hit me for six hours,” she said. “I would love to represent this amazing and vibrant place that I have called home all my life.
“I am touched that so many people seem to think I would do a good job and I can promise that if they want me, I will give my all for Batley and Spen in Westminster.”
Ms Leadbeater is the founder and ambassador of the Jo Cox Foundation, created following the murder of her sister by a far-right terrorist in 2016.
He seeks to build a positive legacy of the MP’s murder, and in the New Year’s list of honors Ms Leadbeater received an MBE for her work in addressing social isolation, including during the COVID-19 crisis.
Ms Leadbeater told her local newspaper that she “never really considered herself a political animal”, but added: “I care deeply about the area where I was born and have always lived, and where people are second to none. “
She said her work over the past few years has allowed her to hear how people are “disillusioned and disengaged” by politics and “how worried they are for the future of our towns and villages.”
“I will be talking to members of the Labor Party a lot in the next few moments – but most importantly, once again, listening to what they have to say,” she said.
“And if they trusted me to be their candidate, then I would be honored to represent them and give the people of Batley and Spen the opportunity to trust me.”
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This notice was published: 2021-05-12 18:24:00