UK: In boost to Starmer, Labour wins election reprieve in north England

Source: Reuters

“British Labour leader Keir Starmer received a boost in northern England on Friday, fighting off a challenge from the governing Conservatives to hang on to a parliamentary seat that if lost, would have heaped pressure on him to stand down. The victory for Labour, which saw 13,296 to 12,973 votes in favour of its candidate Kim Leadbeater, in Batley and Spen, hands Starmer a reprieve from those questioning whether he can rebuild Britain’s main opposition party after a 2019 election disaster. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives had been cautiously hopeful they could oust Labour from another northern English constituency after winning a contest Hartlepool in May but fell just 323 votes short.” (07/02/21)

https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/boost-starmer-labour-wins-election-reprieve-north-england-2021-07-02/