LABOUR’S Parliamentary candidate for the Batley & Spen by-election has been busy on the campaign trail, accompanied by party big-hitters.
Tracy Brabin has been helped to woo local voters by former shadow cabinet members Hilary Benn and Emily Thornberry, and ex-Parachute Regiment officer MP Dan Jarvis. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is rumoured to be planning a visit ahead of the October 20 poll.
Meanwhile, Ms Brabin stopped by the Salvation Army base on Bradford Road in Batley to witness the work of volunteers and meet visitors to the coffee shop and restaurant.
She described her campaign so far as “brilliant” and appealed for voters of all mainstream parties who are not standing in the poll to support her bid to replace the late Jo Cox.
She said: “The people of Batley and Spen want an MP, but they’re grieving and I feel like I’m the only person on the ballot paper who can represent their views.
“I’m a local girl, I went to Brownhill, Heckmondwike, my mum lives in Howden Clough, my sister, my niece – I just feel I can be the voice for everyone.”
On the decision by mainstream parties not to stand, she added: “It was for them to decide and I think it’s sad that what people round here saw as a tragedy is being seen by some other people as some kind of opportunity. I’m going to be working for every vote. I want everybody to get out, even if they don’t normally vote Labour.”
• Other by-election candidates are: Corbyn Anti (By-election protest); Jack Buckby (Liberty GB); Richard Charles Edmonds (National Front); David Furness (British National Party); Therese Hirst (English Democrats); Waqas Ali Khan (Independent); Garry Mervyn Kitchin (Independent); Ankit Love (One Love Party); Henry Edmund Burke Mayhew (Independent).