A FAVOURITE in the Labour leadership race will be in Batley today (Friday).
Sir Keir Starmer – who is tipped to take over from Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party in April – is visiting the Batley & Spen constituency on the invitation of MP Tracy Brabin.
Mr Starmer will begin his visit at Foundations Nursery on Cambridge Street before heading to Batley Food Bank to meet volunteers.
He will then speak to constituents at Batley Community Centre, where he will outline his vision for the Labour party and host a Q&A.
Sir Keir is one of five candidates in the fight for the party leadership. The others are Lisa Nandy, Jess Phillips, Emily Thornberry and Rebecca Long-Bailey.
Ms Brabin, who is backing Mr Starmer in the leadership race, said: “I’m delighted to be welcoming Keir to Batley & Spen.
“I’m backing him to be the next Labour leader because I’ve seen first-hand how he can rebuild the party after our devastating election result.
“He’s extremely experienced after a distinguished legal career and his years in Parliament. His meticulous eye for detail is the best way to hold the Prime Minister to account.
“We need a strong, united Labour party to regain the trust of voters who have turned away from our policies.”