Kim Leadbeater has been sworn in as the newly elected Labour MP for Batley and Spen this afternoon, after winning the parliamentary by-election on July 1st with a slim majority of 323 votes.
— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) July 5, 2021
Both leader Keir Starmer and the new Labour MP addressed colleagues standing outside on the parliamentary estate ahead of her swearing in today.
— Harry Horton (@harry_horton) July 5, 2021
— Labour Whips (@labourwhips) July 5, 2021
Leadbeater’s parents Jean and Gordon spoke in an interview on Friday about how their daughter would be “a fighter”. Jean said: “She’ll fight for the people of Batley and Spen on every level.
“She won’t be deterred. Believe me, she won’t change. What you see with Kim is what you get. And she’ll fight, she’ll fight.”
Gordon said: “She hasn’t got… the worldwide knowledge that Jo had, but that’s not a problem. Initially she’ll focus locally but I’m sure she’ll pick up on other issues that are vital to the country.”
Longer version of my interview on Friday with Kim Leadbeater's parents Jean and Gordon on their relief at Kim's win, what sort of MP she'll be and what Jo Cox would make of it all.
Two parents incredibly proud of their daughters achievements. pic.twitter.com/Y8rmiaU7Dk
— Harry Horton (@harry_horton) July 4, 2021