Soap star may stand in Batley & Spen poll

A FORMER TV soap star who completed the full house of appearing in Coronation Street, Emmerdale and EastEnders, has said she may stand for Jo Cox’s seat of Batley & Spen.

Tracy Brabin, 55, grew up in Batley and went to Mrs Cox’s former school, Heckmondwike Grammar, before taking up acting.

She has confirmed to newspapers and the BBC that she is considering a bid for the seat, in which she previously canvassed for Mrs Cox.

Ms Brabin’s mum Betty, who lives locally, was one of the constituents inside Birstall Library awaiting the appearance of Mrs Cox before she was brutally shot and stabbed to death on the street outside.

Thomas Mair has been charged with her murder and will stand trial at the Old Bailey in November.

It is thought the by-election to fill the seat will not take place before October.

Ms Brabin tweeted that she was “thinking about” standing but added she needed to “talk to the people of Batley and Spen”.

She played Tricia Armstrong in Coronation Street between 1994 and 1997, starred as Roxy Drake in EastEnders and as Carole in Emmerdale. She has featured in many other TV series, including Holby City and Doctors and also appeared alongside David Jason and Stephanie Cole in the 1989 series, A Bit Of A Do.

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