2021 Batley and Spen by-election

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Date1 July 2021
DescriptionA by-election in the parliamentary constituency of Batley and Spen.

The 2021 Batley and Spen by-election is scheduled to be held on 1 July 2021 following the resignation of Tracy Brabin MP on 10 May 2021.[1]


Labour could lose

On 14 June 2021, The Times reported:

Labour’s support among British Muslims has fallen by a tenth under Sir Keir Starmer’s leadership, a poll reveals, amid party fears that it will lose next month’s by-election in Batley & Spen.

Starmer’s popularity lags far behind that of his party among Muslim voters after criticisms of his stance on Kashmir, Palestine and a report on Islamophobia in the party, according to poll findings seen by The Times.

The Labour leader has a favourability rating of minus 7 per cent among Muslim voters, compared with his party’s rating of 42 per cent.[2]

Number one issue

George Galloway, the Workers Party of Britain candidate, is running on a pro-Palestinian, anti-Keir Starmer platform and launched his campaign on 3 June 2021.[3]

On 14 June 2021, Aaron Bastani of Novara Media tweeted:

"Not long ago former Labour MP Anna Turley wrote that Labour must ignore issues like Palestine if it wants to win. Now everyone I speak to in Batley and Spen says it’s the number one issue (yes, really) among most Labour voters. I guess she’s a former MP for a reason."[4]

On 17 June, Galloway spoke to BBC Newsnight and said that he wants to play a historic part in toppling Starmer, and be a strong voice for Batley & Spen.[5]

On 18 June, Guido Fawkes exclusively reported that Labour was circulating a leaflet in the Mount Pleasant area of the constituency about Palestine.[6]


Related Document

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Batley and Spen by-election: Palestine becomes potential dealbreakerArticle18 June 2021Alex MacDonaldAccording to Coral, Galloway is currently on 50/1 odds to win, compared to 2/1 for Leadbeater and 2/5 for Conservative candidate Ryan Stephenson. William Hill has the Conservatives on 1/3, Labour at 5/2 and the WPGB at 33/1.
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