Tracy Brabin gives her victory speech after winning the by-election in murdered Labour Party MP Jo Cox's Batley and Spen constituency [Image: Craig Brough/Reuters].

Tracy Brabin gives her victory speech after winning the by-election in murdered Labour Party MP Jo Cox’s Batley and Spen constituency [Image: Craig Brough/Reuters].

You can always rely on the fascists to make fools of themselves – and their supporters – when they lose.

It’s amazing they had the front to put up any candidates for the Batley and Spen seat in the first place, considering the former MP – the late Jo Cox – was shot and stabbed to death, allegedly by a supporter of their right-wing politics.

Yet when Tracy Brabin, having won the seat, spoke against the right-wing parties who had fielded candidates, they heckled with, “It’s called democracy, love”. Is it? Is it really?

Is it really democratic for an MP to be killed, allegedly by a right-winger, so right-wing political organisations can try to replace her? Is that what they call democracy?

If so, this country has fallen very low indeed.

The alleged killer is believed to have thought the UK’s membership of the EU was allowing too many immigrants into the country, and to have taken his frustration out on his MP, who had been campaigning for us to Remain, in the referendum.

So the right-wing heckle, “She’s a racist” is particularly tasteless.

But there it is. They lost. They have nothing left to do but complain from the sidelines.

By far the greater right-wing threat is the Conservative Party, which has lurched further towards fascism by adopting UKIP policies, in the hope of ending that party’s challenge to the Tories…

… And there is also the resurgence of the Liberal Democrats, whose support for the most right-wing UK government in living memory seems to have been forgiven by an electorate with an extremely short memory.

These are the real challenges Ms Brabin must now face. Let us hope she relishes them.

Tracy Brabin was heckled by far-right rivals during her acceptance speech on Friday after being elected as Labour MP for Batley and Spen in a by-election triggered by the killing of Jo Cox.

The path was left clear for Labour to win the election after the Conservatives, Liberal Democrats, Greens and Ukip announced shortly after Cox’s death that they would not be challenging the seat.

Yet far-right groups the British National Party, the National Front and Liberty GB all fielded candidates.

Turnout was just 26% – one of the lowest by-election turnouts since the Second World War. Brabin secured 85% of the votes, taking 17,506 votes.

Some of Brabin’s opponents reportedly shouted “she’s a racist”, “it’s called democracy, love” and “Coronation Street” during her victory speech.

Asked about the heckling, MailOnline reports that Brabin said: “It just shows who they are.

“The people of Batley and Spen have given me a mandate but they’ve lost their deposits.”

Source: Tracy Brabin, New Batley And Spen Labour MP, Heckled During Acceptance Speech And Jo Cox Tibute | Huffington Post

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