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Sir Keir sighed with aid this morning after discovering out that his occasion had held on to the seat of Batley and Spen. The occasion’s candidate Kim Leadbeater stated constituents had “voted for hope” and “rejected division” in what was one of the crucial intense and risky by-elections in years. It means Labour has stored a foothold within the Red Wall, with the goal of rebuilding its help base sooner or later.

Sir Keir may also be relieved because the win means any quick challenges to his leadership will take a again seat.

Yesterday, studies emerged that his deputy chief Angela Rayner was getting ready a bid for the highest job if Labour have been to lose Batley and Spen.



She shrugged the report off, saying it was “news to me”.

However, Professor Steven Fielding, a Labour commentator, stated the victory will put a decisive finish to Ms Rayner’s alleged plans.

Angela Rayner: The deputy chief’s hopes of bidding for the highest job have been crushed (Image: GETTY)

Keir Starmer: The Labour leader pictured on Friday morning after the victory

Keir Starmer: The Labour chief pictured on Friday morning after the victory (Image: GETTY)

He informed Express.co.uk: “Had Labour lost, there’s no doubt, it was all building up to talk about Keir Starmer being forced to resign, there being challenges.

“But I believe even when Labour had lost, Starmer may’ve discovered, wounded.

“But this victory, narrow though it was, has given him some time until the next crisis to sort things out.

“If Angela Rayner was eager about launching a leadership bid she will not be eager about it tonight.”

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Kim Leadbeater: The successful Batley and Spen candidate

Kim Leadbeater: The successful Batley and Spen candidate (Image: GETTY)

While Ms Leadbeater and Sir Keir secured the by-election, the margins were slim.

She defeated her Conservative rival by just 323 votes.

Sir Keir nonetheless welcomed the “unbelievable consequence”, adding that Ms Leadbeater “ran a constructive campaign of hope, within the face of division”.

The campaign quickly became a hotbed of distrust, misinformation, alleged violence and a fierce battle, with outside attempts to thwart the left vote by George Galloway and his Workers Party of Britain.

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Labour news: Reports suggested Labour MPs were canvassing for support for Rayner

Labour news: Reports suggested Labour MPs were canvassing for support for Rayner (Image: GETTY)

Politics: Rayner said it was 'news to' her about the leadership bid

Politics: Rayner said it was ‘news to’ her about the leadership bid (Image: GETTY)

Before the ballot, The Times reported that MPs had been canvassing support among parliamentary colleagues and trade unions for Ms Rayner.

She would need the support of 40 MPs – 20 percent of the parliamentary party – to mount a challenge.

The publication said left-wing MPs had also been approached about a possible challenge if Labour’s performance fell short of the mark.

Yet, even if Labour had been defeated, polling data suggests members do not want Ms Rayner as their next leader.

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Starmer profile: Starmer’s Brexit policy flip-flopping has made many weary of his direction (Image: Express Newspapers)

In a YouGov survey commissioned by Sky News this week, Labour members were asked: “Imagine that Keir Starmer stepped down, there was a fresh election for leader of the Labour Party and the following people stood. Which of the following do you think you would be most likely to give your first preference vote to?”

Voters were asked about Ms Rayner, Lisa Nandy, Yvette Cooper, Richard Burgon and Rebecca Long-Bailey.

Just 12 percent chose Ms Rayner.

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Jeremy Corbyn: Corbynites have been blamed for sowing division in the party (Image: GETTY)

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme this morning, Labour grandee Lord Peter Mandelson, said Ms Rayner must now “reevaluate” who she thinks are her associates within the occasion.

He stated these within the occasion shut to former chief Jeremy Corbyn have been utilizing the deputy chief for their very own ends.


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