George Galloway takes 8 264 votes. Think about that. Another 324 votes and he would have handed the Batley and Spen seat to the Tories, Unionists like him.
In what can only be an attempt to shield the rightist Starmer, whose more statist agenda suits the BBC better than the mad Tories who think they are leftist and who plan to weaken them, the BBC’s Nick Eardley says:
There had been an expectation actually, that after the Hartlepool by-election, where Labour lost a massive majority to the Conservatives, that Labour were in trouble. Many people were predicting that the Conservatives would win this by-election, not because George Galloway was taking a number of votes away from the Labour Party, particularly in the sizeable Asian community in the constituency. That didn’t happen. And the fact that Kim Leadbetter has managed to come through and win this one by the narrowest of margins, only about 300 votes in it, means there will be a pretty significant sigh of relief being breathed in the Labour Party this morning. I’ve already heard from a couple of people close to Sir Keir Starmer, the Labour Leader, saying these results shows some of the talk about his leadership, some of the talk about a potential leadership challenge is overcooked and it shows that he actually has a job to be getting on with.
Really, that’s the analysis from a supposedly impartial journalist? He might as well be a SPAD for Starmer. Who on earth really thinks that the sister of a murdered MP scraping a less than 1% majority over the frankly nauseating Tories, losing more than 8 000 to the creepily comic Galloway, means anything other than more abject failure for Starmer’s strategy based on abandoning the interests of workers?
Nick – just nonsense from a deep insider, of no value to his audience.