A total of 16 candidates will run in the Batley and Spen by-elections next month, it has been confirmed.
The full list of those nominated to compete in the constituency has been released, in what is expected to be a two-way battle between Labor and Tories.
Tracy Brabin, who first won the Labor Party seat in 2016 after the murder of Jo Cox, has resigned as an MP after being elected to the new post of West Yorkshire Underground Mayor.
Mrs. Cox’s sister Kim Leadbeater is the Labor candidate in the by-election, a contest which is seen as a test of party leadership by Sir Keir Starmer as a result of Labor defeat at Hartlepool last month.
Leeds adviser Ryan Stephenson represents the Tories, while the Liberal Democrats have chosen Tom Gordon.
George Galloway, the former MP and longtime activist, represents the Workers’ Party.
Local engineer Corey Robinson will represent the Yorkshire Party, which came third in the West Yorkshire municipal elections.
The other candidates are: Paul Bickerdike (Christian Popular Alliance); Mike Davies (Alliance for Green Socialism); Jayda Fransen (Independent); Thérèse Hirst (English Democrats); Howling Laud Hope (the official feast for crazy monsters); Susan Laird (Heritage Party); Oliver Purser (Social Democratic Party); Andrew Smith (Join the EU); Jack Thomson (UKIP); Jonathan Tilt (Alliance for Freedom); Anne Marie Waters (The Movement for Great Britain).
Independent candidate Paul Halloran, who came third in the riding in the 2019 general election, is not running.
Rugby international Ross Peltier, whose candidacy has been revoked by the Green Party, is another of those not running.
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This notice was published: 2021-06-07 18:15:00