2022 Wakefield by-election
Rachel Reeves on the stump at Wakefield
|Date||23 June 2022|
|Description||Held on 23 June 2022, triggered by the resignation of Tory MP Imran Ahmad Khan following a criminal conviction for child sexual assault|
The 2022 Wakefield by-election was held on 23 June 2022. It was triggered by the resignation, on 3 May 2022, of Member of Parliament (MP) Imran Ahmad Khan, who was elected as a Conservative at the UK/2019 General Election and resigned following a criminal conviction for child sexual assault.
The Wakefield Labour CLP executive resigned over the selection process. The Labour Party selected Simon Lightwood, former staffer of the anti-Brexit, anti-Corbyn Mary Creagh. He was selected on 15 May on a turnout of just 23% of local party members. The local party reportedly walked out of the meeting.
This was the first by-election candidate for Britain First since they re-registered as a political party in September 2021.
Visit of Rachel Reeves
On 28 May 2022, following a visit by Labour Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves, Carl Doran tweeted:
5 people this week.
That's the entire Labour activist turnout for a visit by the *Shadow Chancellor* to a forthcoming "red wall" by-election target seat.
The only electoral target for the entire Labour Party at the moment.
They can't afford rosettes either, apparently.
Caution needed over a Tory ‘stay at home’ Wakefield result. Labour only secured 13,000 votes in Wakefield - The lowest Labour vote in there since 1931 and down from 18,000 votes in 2019 and 23,000 in 2017.
- "Tory MP Imran Ahmad Khan quits after sexual assault conviction"
- "Wakefield by-election: Labour win a great result, says Keir Starmer"
- "Tories lose two key byelections on same night in Wakefield and Tiverton and Honiton"
- "Five people - that's the entire Labour activist turnout for a visit by the *Shadow Chancellor* to a forthcoming "red wall" by-election target seat"
- "Lowest Labour vote since 1931"