‘I will be a loud, proud and strong voice for people of Batley & Spen’

‘I will be a loud, proud and strong voice for people of Batley & Spen’

TV star Tracy Brabin has been selected as the Labour candidate for the Batley and Spen by-election. 

Ms Brabin was selected at a packed hustings event at Upper Batley High School last week, beating Jane Thomas, and will now stand against nine other fringe party and independent candidates on October 20.

The former Coronation Street star said that she was humbled to be selected as the Labour candidate but admitted it is a bittersweet victory.

“No-one can replace Jo,” she said.

“But I promise that if you put your faith in me at this by-election, I will be a loud, proud and strong Yorkshire voice speaking up for everyone in Batley and Spen.”

Ms Brabin, whose 30-year acting career has also included roles in Emmerdale and EastEnders, is asking constituents to back her, regardless of their political ties.

She said: “I am the only candidate who can unite voters. I want to reach out to all voters, no matter who they may have voted for in the past and ask them to unify.

“People think that this election is a shoo-in but it really isn’t. We need to show people that we believe in hope and not division.”

Mrs Cox and Ms Brabin were close friends and the pair campaigned together in the run-up to the 2015 election.

The former actress, whose home address is currently registered as in the Chipping Barnet constituency, grew up in a council flat in Birstall and admitted she was delighted to have the chance to represent her home town.

She said: “It is the only place I would stand, as I grew up here.

“It is massive for me as it’s my home town and I still have a lot of family here.

“I want to talk to as many people as possible, get out into the community and engage with as many voters as possible.

“One of the major issues I want to address is the downgrade of Dewsbury Hospital.

“This really needs to be slowed down as if Huddersfield A&E closes we will soon be without an A&E in Kirklees. We really need to get all the facts and information about these changes.”

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