Batley and Spen polls: Another disaster for Labour as Tories set to bolster red wall

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Latest polls show Labour are likely to trail behind the Conservatives, and may be ousted from the longstanding Labour seat. The by-election was triggered by the incumbent MP Tracy Babin being elected as West Yorkshire mayor.

In the 2019 general election, she won for Labour with a majority of 3,525 over the Conservatives.

But new polls suggest Labour could lose their majority and swing in favour of the Tories.

The new survey of the “red wall” seat published by Survation found the Tories taking the West Yorkshire constituency with 47 percent of the vote.

Polls suggest Labour will lose two percent of their vote share, while the Conservatives will increase theirs by 11 percent.

Labour are predicted to fall behind with 41 percent of the vote.

Polls have found that Mr Johnson is the favourite leader in the northern constituency, with a positive favourability rating of +18 percent.

This compares to Sir Keir’s rating of -32 percent.

Fifty-five per cent of voters in Batley and Spen said Mr Johnson would make the best Prime Minister, compared to a poor 18 percent for Sir Keir.

Standing for the Labour Party is Kim Leadbeater, sister of murdered MP Jo Cox.

Jo Cox was murdered by a far right fanatic in broad daylight on the streets of her constituency in 2016.

The polls come just a week after Labour recorded its worst-ever by-election result, securing just 691 votes in Chesham & Amersham.

It’s yet another potential disaster in the pipeline for Sir Keir, who has failed to convince many traditional Labour voters and young people to back his leadership.

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The Labour leader’s critics have urged him to be clearer and more distinctive on policy, with voters telling pollsters they don’t know what what he stands for.

But virtually all senior Labour figures have shied away from calling on him to resign despite an abysmal performance since taking the leadership in 2020.

Discord was sown with poor local elections results earlier this year, as well as the loss of the Hartlepool by-election, a former long time Labour stalwart.

Elsewhere, former MP George Galloway has announced he is running in the upcoming by-election, pledging to oust Sir Keir if he is successful.

Mr Galloway, who was expelled from Labour in 2003 for inciting British troops to defy orders to fight in Iraq, will contest the seat on July 1.

He said: “If Keir Starmer loses this by-election, it’s curtains for Keir Starmer.

“So, if for whatever reason you think that the current leader of the Labour Party needs to be replaced, I’m your man.”

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