Amazing: StarmerLabour has won a by-election

Taking the limelight: Starmer spouts about Labour’s ‘fantastic’ win while new MP Kim Leadbeater is shunted to the side. Earlier this week he was tweeting about football rather than discussing the election, and wouldn’t go near Batley & Spen.

Congratulations are due to Kim Leadbeater after she achieved the impossible: winning a by-election for Keir Starmer’s Labour Party.

The circumstances in which she managed her feat were extraordinary, and are reflected in the result.

Labour threw away a majority of more than 8,000, won when Jeremy Corbyn was party leader in 2017. Batley & Spen is no longer a safe Labour seat and must be considered a Labour-Tory marginal as Ms Leadbeater won with a majority of just 323 votes.

The party – and its candidate – failed to put forward any policies at all. Ms Leadbeater merely said she would listen to voters after winning the election, and parroted Tory attack lines about there being “no magic money tree” to give nurses the pay rise they deserve.

At least one Labour representative apparently smeared the constituency’s Muslim population as violent and anti-Semitic, while authors of election literature were accused of “dog-whistle racism” over a leaflet showing Boris Johnson with Indian premier Narendra Modi.

Ms Leadbeater’s election literature suggested that she was ashamed of representing Labour. Party logos were stripped from leaflets and party colours were not used. The candidate herself wasn’t even a party member four months ago; Starmer broke Labour rules to make her a candidate in a cynical bid to win votes from the fact that she is murdered former MP Jo Cox’s sister.

And, of course, a surging Conservative Party was held back at the last minute as public opinions were swayed against the Tories because of the Matt Hancock affair scandal.

The result: a skin-of-the-teeth win due to “tribal” Labour voters who, as This Site mentioned yesterday, would have voted for a shaved monkey if it had a Labour rose next to its name on the ballot paper.

And now we have to listen to the chinless cuckoos who’ve invaded the once-great socialist party and turned it into Tory-lite, crowing about what a “fantastic result” it is.

I suppose it is a fantastic result for people who thought they were going to lose.

“What a fantastic victory… of hope over division,” said Keir Starmer, neglecting to say that the hope was that of those who must now wait in vain for Ms Leadbeater – and him – to come up with a policy programme that remotely resembles traditional Labour thinking – or that he is responsible for the division with his relentless onslaught against traditional party members and supporters.

He said nothing at all about what Labour will do in the constituency, or for it. This is because his party will do nothing. The win means he can continue as party leader for a while longer, while he searches for a soundbite that will attract voters.

He is not a principled politician. He does not have political views. His interest is only to put himself in power and to use it for his own purposes. He is, to all intents and purposes, a Conservative.

And not even a Tory in Labour clothing. Starmer despises the trappings of the working classes and has discarded them in favour of the sub-fascist iconography of Boris Johnson: a suit and a Union Flag. Only the haircut is an improvement.

And while the tribalists have helped him hold Batley & Spen, those of us with any political nous at all are abandoning Labour at the polls.

In other local elections, Labour vote shares have been plummeting while the Tories’ have been skyrocketing.

And this is after two years of Boris Johnson’s incompetence over Brexit and Covid-19, and his government’s corruption generally.

Starmer will try to spin this narrow win as a huge victory for him and for the direction he has taken Labour but nobody should be fooled – he is taking Labour down the drain.

Source: Batley and Spen: Labour narrowly hold seat in by-election – BBC News

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5 thoughts on “Amazing: StarmerLabour has won a by-election

  1. Jeffrey Davies

    It’s just prolonging stammers reign but the Tories didn’t try to win leaving it possible for her to win

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      It’s generally accepted that he took votes from both Labour and the Tories. And Galloway wouldn’t have been able to take votes from Labour if that party had not behaved so despicably towards Muslims. It would be wrong to say he was a friend of the Tories, just for pointing out the rot in Labour.

  2. El Dee

    Starmer has, on a weekly basis, missed the open goal that is Boris at PMQs. He should have easily outfoxed him and shown him for what he is but he has constantly failed. He has nothing to offer and has overseen a dirty campaign that only JUST saw the candidate win.

    She was parachuted in but, unlike the Hartlepool candidate, had no history with which she could be beaten with ie being a ‘Remainer’ With everything possible going for her, the sympathy vote etc she still only managed the slimmest majority. Just think, if it had been raining yesterday it would be a Tory seat today.

    If Starmer had failed here I think they MAY have decided to let him stay in place until after the rule change to ensure another Blairite. Someone else (almost anyone else) could have been more popular with voters. Now I think Labour will find it difficult to get rid of him. The Tories must be rubbing their hands in glee. A seat they will no doubt get at the next GE quite easily and a Labour leader who will ensure another Tory win, reduced majority probably, at the next GE.

    Labour are like an old boy-band where the members are fighting over who has the rights to use the name on tour. They get votes for the name because they sure aren’t getting them for their policies.

  3. Zippi

    Fior SHAME! He is celebrating, claiming the “£abour is back!” This was no victory! The Government is a shambles and shown itself to have no integrity yet a former Director Of Public Prosecutions failed to expose this at Questions To The Prime Minister, which was an utter disgrace. How could £abour scrape through with a mere majority of 323 votes? Kier Starmer should be very worried and asking how he managed to hold this seat with such a small majority! This is NO cause for celebration! There was no way that I could see Ms £eadbeater losing but if ever there were a “wake up and smell the coffee” moment, surely, this was it? My mother was furious with the Prime Minister, on Wednesday and now, despite her approval of him, thinks, as I do, that Kier Starmer is a fool. I have absolutely no qualms about surrendering my membership of the Party when he was made leader.

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