12:58 Starmer takes huge swipe at Tories
The Labour leader said: “Kim has won this because former Tory voters voted for her.
“The left vote, if you like, the Labour vote, was split, but we won. The Tories had a clean hit, nobody was going against them, and they didn’t win.
“They expected to win this, make no mistake about that.”
12:17 Starmer launches furious attack against political rivals
The Labour leader told supporters: “This campaign has been tough because others have poisoned it with hatred, with division and finding difference and misinformation.
“With lies and harassment and threats and intimidation,” he told supporters.
“That that should have happened in Batley and Spen in all places is disgusting. That that should have happened to Kim of all people is unforgivable.
“All those who engaged in it and all those who didn’t call it out – they should be utterly ashamed of themselves.”
11:20 ‘A win’s a win’ Sadiq Khan throws his support behind Starmer
The Mayor of London praised Kim Leadbeater, who managed to see off her Conservative rival Ryan Stephenson with a narrow margin of 323 votes.
But he denied the result still left questions over Sir Keir Starmer’s leadership of Labour.
Mr Khan said: “A win’s a win.
“Keir’s the most humble person in Parliament, he understands the challenges he’s got as the leader.
“He recognises that our defeat in 2019 was a historic low, and there’s a huge amount of building required.”
11:18 Jeremy Corbyn congratulates Kim Leadbeater
The former Labour leader has congratulated victorious party candidate for her win in the by-election.
He said he is “sure she’ll make the people of Batley and Spen proud”.
Mr Corbyn tweeted: “Well done Kim Leadbeater.
“Now begins the process of bringing a fractured community together.
“I’m sure she’ll make the people of #BatleyAndSpen proud – and that she will represent them all.”
10:28 ‘So why did people vote for him?’ Mandelson erupts at Kay Burley over ‘grotesque’ Galloway
Labour peer Peter Mandelson erupted at former colleague George Galloway for conducting an “ugly and grotesque” campaign as he ran for the Batley and Spen seat.
Lord Mandelson erupted at Mr Galloway as he accused his campaign of fomenting division in the Labour stronghold of Batley and Spen ahead of the by-election.
Speaking to Sky News, Lord Mandelson hit out at Mr Galloway for his conduct ahead of the vote but was challenged by Sky News host Kay Burley on why many people still backed the outspoken Workers Party of Britain candidate.
Ms Burley said: “The flip-side of that vote is that he was given a voice to a section of the community that didn’t feel like they were being listened to by Labour.
“And certainly, they voted in a significant number for him.”
Lord Mandelson replied: “Kay, those are not their views. Those are not their views. Please, don’t portray Muslim people in that way.=
“That’s not what Islam stands for. He represented an ugly and grotesque distortion of what that religion and its values mean to people.
“Let’s not for one moment make any concessions to him and imagine for one second that he is representative of those voters.”
Mr Galloway’s campaign was accused of fuelling anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric amongst the local Muslim community.
09:22 Keir’s not out of the woods yet! Pollster reveals worst by-election stat in 39 YEARS
Keir’s Starmer’s knife-edge win in Batley and Spen is not quite as positive as it may seem, with one polling expert revealing a shocking statistic from the result.
Although the Labour party managed to retain the seat, former No10 pollster James Johnson warned of a major swing away from the Opposition.
Despite the seat being held by Labour since 1997, Mr Johnson revealed there had been a 2.9 percent swing to the Tories.
According to the pollster, this is the largest swing towards a governing party in 39 years.
09:20 Diane Abbott praises win but says Labour needs to ‘sharpen’ policies
The former Shadow Home Secretary told the Today programme: “It’s a great result for the people of Bately and Spen, and a great result for the team that led on the ground because in a very tight result every vote counts.
“Of course we need to continue to think about policy, to sharpen and better define policy, but we won and we’re moving forward.”
09:13 Lord Mandelson urges Starmer to now ‘take party in right direction’
Lord Mandelson said the victory in the by-election now provides the opportunity for Sir Keir Starter to “take the party in the right direction”.
He told the Today programme: “We’ve got to demonstrate that we’re ready for government in our policies, our outlook and optimism for Britain, our ambitions for the country.
“Because at the moment, and I will be honest about this, that’s not how we are seen by sufficient numbers of people.
“We’re not pulling people towards us in sufficient numbers. We have to show we are a competitive, viable alternative to the Tories.”
09:07 Starmer praises ‘inspiring resilience’ shown by Leadbeater
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said in a statement: “This is a fantastic result for the brilliant and brave Kim Leadbeater who will be an incredible Labour MP for Batley and Spen,” he said in a statement.
“Kim has shown inspiring resilience in the face of hatred and intimidation. She was unafraid to call it out and ran a positive campaign of hope. Kim embodies everything I want the Labour Party to stand for: passionate about her local community and determined to bring people together.
“We won this election against the odds, and we did so by showing that when we are true to our values – decency, honesty, committed to improving lives – then Labour can win.
“This result shows Labour at its best. This is just the start.”
08:04 Tories play down Labour by-election win
Conservative Party co-chair Amanda Milling admitted the failure to win the by-election was “disappointing” but also insisted it was not a “great win” for Labour.
She told Sky News: “This was always going to be really a tough battle for us. We didn’t win this in 2019.
“Governing parties don’t tend to win by-elections. This is a Labour hold, not a Labour gain.
“It was a very, very close result. This is not a great win for the Labour Party. They have only won by a matter of just over 300 votes.”
07:59 Kim Leadbeater hopes to do her sister proud
The Labour candidate wants to do her sister – the murdered MP Jo Cox – proud as the new MP for Batley and Spen.
She told BBC Breakfast: “It was a very big decision to put myself forward.
“It has been a very emotional campaign and today is very emotional for me for lots of reasons.
“But if I can be half the MP Jo was I know I will do her proud and I will do my family proud.”
07:56 Kim Leadbeater hopes to heal divisions in constituency
Following her by-election victory, she told BBC Breakfast: “Sadly we have seen some nastiness during this by-election campaign and there are some divisions that need to be healed. I think that if anyone can achieve that I can.
“I have conducted a very positive campaign. I have focused very much on the good people of Batley and Spen. I am incredibly grateful to the people of Batley and Spen for putting their trust in me.
“Sadly we have seen some poor behaviour. There have been situations where I have felt very intimidated.
“We have had some of our campaigners had things thrown at them and somebody has been arrested. There have been moments of real unpleasantness.”
07:53 Lord Adonis maintains Labour situation is ‘grim’
The Blairite former cabinet minute said despite the by-election win, the situation for Labour is “grim”.
He said: “The tiny Labour majority of 323 in Batley and Spen will stave off an immediate leadership challenge to Keir Starmer, just as the tiny Labour majority of 683 in the Peterborough by-election of June 2019 preserved Corbyn’s leadership two years ago.
“But obviously the situation is grim.”
07:48 Kim Leadbeater’s victory speech
Kim Leadbeater said in her victory speech in Huddersfield: “There’s way too many people to mention by name, but I do want to refer to my family and my friends, who, without them, I could not have got through the last five years, never mind the last five weeks.
“My amazing parents and my wonderful partner, and I want to give a special shout out to my niece and nephew who I cannot wait to hug as soon as I see them”, she added referring to the children of her late sister.
06:39 George Galloway result
George Galloway, candidate for the Workers Party, came in third place winning 8,264 votes.
Liberal Democrat candidate Thomas Gordon won just 1,254 votes.
Speaking after the count, Mr Galloway said he would apply to have the result set aside by the courts as he claims the campaign was not run fairly.
05:54 Ms Leadbeater becomes MP five years after death of sister, Jo Cox
Jo Cox, former Batley and Spen MP, was murdered in the constituency in 2016. She is the sister of newly elected Batley and Spen MP Kim Leadbeater.
05:50 Kim Leadbeater MP speech after result announced
“Huge thank you to police who sadly I’ve needed more than ever over the last few weeks,” she said.
She also thanked her “amazing parents”, “wonderful partner” and her “niece and nephew”.
“I think the campaign has highlighted there is lots to do, and I’m going to crack on with it. I’m absolutely delighted that the people of Batley and Spen have rejected division and voted for hope,” Ms Leadbeater said.
05:46 Sir Keir Starmer reacts
The Labour Party leader wrote on Twitter: “Fantastic result for the brilliant and brave @KimLeadbeater
“Kim ran a positive campaign of hope, in the face of division. She will be an outstanding Labour MP for Batley and Spen.”
05:24 KIM LEADBEATER ELECTED
Kim Leadbeater won the vote with 13,296 votes and a majority of 323 over Tory candidate, Ryan Stephenson.
05:19 ‘Declaration imminent’
Jon Craig believes the declaration is about to happen.
04:51 ‘Count almost complete’
The three main candidates are yet to arrive.
Jon Craig, of Sky News, notes: “Well, the Batley & Spen count is almost complete, but the three main candidates – Kim Leadbeater, Ryan Stephenson & George Galloway – aren’t here yet! Could delay declaration.”
04:20 ‘Labour are dead’ claims Galloway source
Alexandra Rogers, Parliamentary correspondent for Yorkshire Live tweeted:
Galloway source: “Labour are dead. In Warwick Road we are hegemonic. This will be another Tory victory, another Hartlepool. The question now is who comes second.”
04:12 Andy Burnham won’t take up Labour leadership soon – ‘Not now’
Andy Burnham on Labour leadership, BBC Question Time:
Q: You’ve talked about about returning to Westminster, when will that moment look right?
“Well it’s not now. I’ll serve a full second term as mayor of Greater Manchester. I’ve made that commitment.
“I want to make that absolutely plain and I want Keir to succeed.”
04:02 Getting rid of Starmer won’t solve the Labour ‘civil war’
Speaking on BBC Questiontime, David Davis MP, said: “Should they get rid of Starmer? Well it won’t solve their civil war, which is their recurrent problem at the moment, where they can’t really quite decide what they are.
“Neither will it solve the problem they have.
“In the North East of England and the North of England, the left has failed to bring decent representation.”
03:49 Would a Labour defeat be final nail in coffin?
Andy Burnham was asked on BBC Question Time.
The Greater Manchester Mayor responded: “No, absolutely not. The constituency is not what you might typically call a red wall seat where there’s been a Labour majority forever.
“This is a seat which is more marginal and always has been.
“It would be serious. This is a real challenge not only for Keir Staremer and the Labour party but for the Left more broadly.”
03:09 ‘We have fallen short’ says Labour source
Nicholas Watt on Newsnight:
“I have to say that in the last hour the atmosphere in the Labour camp has hardened.
“They are feeling very gloomy.
“I’m hearing language like ‘we have fallen short’.”
“They say that 2 factors are at play. In the first place there was an independent candidate who came 3rd in the GE, Labour are saying most of those votes are going to the Conservatives and then of course there’s George Galloway who is eating into the Labour vote.”
02:42 Conservative MP David Davis says poor result won’t be the end of Labour
“I’ve seen both parties be on their uppers, and then come back from it,” he said on BBC Question Time
02:38 Emily Maitlis brutally exposes Labour’s identity crisis
On Tuesday’s BBC Newsnight, Ms Maitlis told Simon Fletcher, former adviser to Keir Starmer: “The point is that Labour doesn’t know what it stands for. Just going from Ed to Jeremy to Keir as you would say, shows us a certain perhaps identity crisis within the Labour Party itself.”
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02:15 Batley and Spen ‘much harder to read’ than Hartlepool
Beth Rigby tweeted: “Tory sources said Hartlepool ‘too close to call’ on night, but I was on ground & it was clear Tories had won.
“B&S much harder to read. But combo of Tory momentum, apathy towards Lab/Brabin & Galloway suggest Tories’ll take it. We’ll see soon enough!”
01:33 Result announcement time
The result is now expected at 5.30am as counting is well under way.
01:08 Ballot box update
All ballot boxes have now arrived in Huddersfield.
00:50 Keir Starmer ‘will face calls for resignation tomorrow’
Sky political editor Beth Rigby wrote on Twitter: “On the ground, Labour have been knocking up doors hard past week. Sources tell me there’s slippage & pulling back votes.
“On the Tory side, those out on doorsteps told me it was looking good but sources also think it could be a tight race with just a few thousand votes between Tories/Labour/Galloway.
“And what it Labour lose? KS will face calls for resignation tmrw – Socialist Campaign Group officers met today on zoom – McDonnell, Riberio Addy, Mearns, Burgon – to plan response – McDonnell also had private meeting with Simon Fletcher.”
00:23 Anas Sarwar hails Kim Leadbeater’s ‘courage, decency and compassion’
The Scottish Labour leader said on Twitter: “Whatever happens tonight, this woman’s courage, decency and compassion should inspire and motivate us.
“Ultimately, if we want unity to win then we need to work for it and build the movement to deliver it.”
23:44 The public ‘fed up of Labour’ says Tory MP Craig Whittaker
Speaking on BBC Newsnight, the MP for Calder Valley said: “This is a seat that is Labour’s to lose.
“This isn’t particularly a seat that would naturally come our way and I know from knocking on doors day after day in Batley and Spen…that people are really, really fed up of Labour.”
22:40 Galloway issues warning to Labour – ‘Curtains for Keir!’
George Galloway has issued an ominous warning to Sir Keir Starmer as polls close in the Batley and Spen by-election.
He tweeted: “THANK YOU to everyone who voted today.
“Whatever the outcome, the people of #BatleyandSpen will be forgotten no longer.
“Across the country,@WorkersPartyGB are growing stronger by the day.
“One thing is for certain: it’s curtains for Keir.”
22:29 Tory candidate thanks voters as polls close
As polls closed in Batley and Spen, Tory candidate Ryan Stephenson said: “Thank you to everyone who voted for me and supported me.
“Whatever the result, you proved that more and more local people are ready for change.”
22:00 Polls have closed in the Batley and Spen by-election
Polls have closed in the Batley and Spen by-election