As the Labour candidate starts the campaign, he says the by-election is about the local region.

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As the Labour candidate starts the campaign, he says the by-election is about the local region.

Labour’s candidate in the Batley and Spen by-election said the vote was about the people of the area, not party leader Sir Keir Starmer’s leadership.

Kim Leadbeater spoke after bringing Sir Keir to the constituency on Thursday, as bookies predicted the Conservatives would win the election.

“I think it’s absolutely vital that the Labour leader comes to Batley and Spen,” Ms Leadbeater told the PA news agency.

“I’ve chosen to run as a Labour Party candidate, but I’m not blind to the fact that the party still has a lot of work to do.

“I don’t believe he’s delusory about that either.

“However, I believe it is critical that he comes, meets the people of Batley and Spen, and listens to what they have to say.”

Following Labour’s setback in Hartlepool last month, the July 1 election is considered as a vital test for Sir Keir.

When asked if the election was a referendum on the party’s leader, Ms Leadbeater responded, “No, I don’t see it that way at all.” This is about the Batley and Spen residents.

“And it comes down to who is the best candidate to represent them in parliament.”

“I am the only one of the 16 candidates who lives in Batley and Spen,” she claimed. Their issues are my issues. I’m aware of the speeding automobiles and potholes because they’re just outside my door.

“So, my story is very much about ‘this is who I am, I’ve lived here my whole life, I was born here,’ and I would work my tail off for this place because I adore it.”

On Thursday morning, Sir Keir and Ms Leadbeater were toured through the Batley Bulldogs’ site, where they learned about a variety of community projects that take place at the stadium, which is regarded as the world’s oldest professional sports arena.

The couple was seen eating dinner at the Healds Hall Hotel in neighbouring Liversedge on Wednesday.

Tracy Brabin, who won the, prompted the by-election. (This is a brief piece.)

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