Britain’s main political parties have announced that they will not contest the parliamentary seat left vacant by the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox.
The Conservatives said this afternoon they would stand down in Batley and Spen “as a mark of respect” to the MP ahead of an unprecedented joint statement by Jeremy Corbyn and David Cameron.
The two party leaders, normally bitter rivals, jointly asked the nation to unite in a joint address in the constituency on Friday afternoon.
The Liberal Democrats and Ukip soon after confirmed that they too would not contest the seat, meaning Labour’s candidate is very likely to be elected unopposed – barring a challenge by independents or minnows.
The news comes as it is announced that Parliament will be recalled on Monday to allow MPs to pay tribute to Ms Cox.
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