Brabin sees off rivals with reduced majority

Brabin sees off rivals with reduced majority

TRACY Brabin held onto the Batley & Spen seat for Labour, seeing off the challenge of Conservative Mark Brooks with a reduced majority.

She polled 22,594 votes, while Mr Brooks, a Kent-based businessman who had only been selected three weeks prior to polling day, received 19,069.

Independent Paul Halloran came third with 6,432 votes.

In a statement this week Ms Brabin said: “I want to thank my entire team of staff and volunteers for the tireless work they have put into this campaign, and the good people of Batley and Spen for once again electing me as their MP.

“This is the third election I’ve won in four years, and it’s the privilege of my life to represent my home town, which made me the woman I am today. The national result was a disaster for communities like ours and I will fight tooth and nail in Parliament to get our area the funding and support it needs.

“It’s extremely sad to see great colleagues like Paula Sherriff and Thelma Walker (Colne Valley) go, but it makes me more determined than ever to continue their work to create a fairer society with opportunities for all.

“I hope the new local MPs deliver on their promises to our community.”

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