It is with a massive smile that I offer my congratulations to Kim Leadbeater on being elected as Member of Parliament for Batley and Spen!
Kim’s campaign has been marred by bitterness and threatening behaviour. As a woman in politics, I know first-hand the impact this can have. As such, I would like to pay tribute to Kim for her resilient and positive campaigning. I would also like to say a huge thank you to all the Labour staffers and activists who have worked so hard in Batley in the face of such intimidation. We owe them so much.
I look forward to welcoming Kim Leadbeater MP to Parliament.