Labor MP Tracy Brabin wins West Yorkshire mayoral race – paving the way for a tricky second by-election – fr

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Labor MP Tracy Brabin wins West Yorkshire mayoral race – paving the way for a tricky second by-election – fr


Labor MP Tracy Brabin won the West Yorkshire mayoral contest, paving the way for another potentially difficult by-election for Sir Keir Starmer in the summer months.
In the inaugural election of a metro mayor in the region, Ms Brabin won against her conservative rival Matt Robinson after the count of the second preferential ballot, by 310,923 votes to 209,137.

It comes after Labor has won victories in other underground mayors’ contests in England, notably in the west of England and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, where the party has defeated the incumbent Conservatives, despite disappointing results in Hartlepool’s council elections and critical by-election.

Senior labor officials Steve Rotheram and Andy Burnham were also re-elected in the Liverpool and Greater Manchester area, while Boris Johnson’s party retained the Tees Valley and West Midlands, re-electing mayors Ben Houchen and Andy Street.

Ms Brabin, who was elected MP for Batley and Spen in 2016 after Jo Cox was murdered in the constituency during the EU referendum campaign, previously suggested she would step down as MP if she won the contest At the mayor.

The old one Coronation Street actor said The Guardian at the end of 2020, the role of mayor of West Yorkshire was a ’24/7 job’, and was running because she was ‘sick that all tube mayors are men’.

This means that a by-election will be called in Batley and Spen when Labor decides to move the writ to the House of Commons – which is usually done by a party’s chief whip within three months of the vacancy. seat of Westminster.

In the 2019 general election, Ms Brabin won 22,594 votes, ahead of the Tory candidate, by just 3,525, while her share of the vote fell almost 13% as Labor suffered huge losses across the country.

The Brexit Party candidate won just 3% of the vote in the last general election, but his independent rival Paul Halloran, whose manifesto included a ‘clean’ Brexit, won 12%, with 6,432 votes.

But despite the Tories’ recent success in Hartlepool, winning the seat for the first time since the 1960s, the ruling party rarely wins a byelection. This has only happened twice since the Conservatives came to power in 2010.

Following her election on Sunday evening, Ms Brabin said in a tweet: “We did it! I am proud to be the first mayor of the West Yorkshire Underground and I am incredibly honored and grateful for every vote.

“I will fight for every resident so that everyone has the opportunity to succeed. Thank you. “

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