First ballot boxes arrive at count in Batley & Spen by-election

Verification of votes begin at count for the Batley and Spen by-election at Cathedral House in Huddersfield. Sir Keir Starmer is facing a critical test of his leadership as Westminster awaits the results of a crucial west Yorkshire by-election. Labour is defending a majority of more than 3,000 in Batley and Spen — a seat held by the party since 1997 — but bookies and pollsters have the Conservatives as odds-on favorites to win.

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