Byelections

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Keir Starmer, your party has a whole new race problem | Aditya Chakrabortty
In a pivot towards its lost ‘red wall’, Labour is letting Islamophobia go unchecked. As a tactic, it can only fail, says Guardian columnist Aditya Chakrabortty

Aditya Chakrabortty

07, Jul, 2021 @5:02 PM

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What Labour can learn from the Batley and Spen byelection | Letters
Letters: Dr Anthony Isaacs looks at how Keir Starmer can take the lead, while Evi Trickey argues that there was no swing towards the Conservatives. Plus letters from Michael Ashdown, Christine Khawaja, Richard Haswell, Yvonne Williams and Andrew Warren

Letters

04, Jul, 2021 @5:26 PM

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What Labour’s Batley and Spen victory means for the party's left | Tom Blackburn
The byelection win has bolstered Keir Starmer: now he’ll be expected to marginalise dissenting voices, says Tom Blackburn, founding editor of New Socialist

Tom Blackburn

04, Jul, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Analysis: why is the narrow Labour byelection victory in Batley and Spen being treated as a comeback?
Expectations, influenced by Hartlepool, were low, but demographics of West Yorkshire seat are much more mixed

Robert Ford

04, Jul, 2021 @8:45 AM

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A late surge and an unexpected win: how Kim Leadbeater lifted Labour
A backlash against toxic campaigning and the Hancock affair gave Labour activists hope in Batley and Spen, shifting the political dial

Toby Helm Observer Political Editor

04, Jul, 2021 @8:15 AM

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After Batley and Spen, Keir Starmer is drinking in the second chance saloon | Andrew Rawnsley
Labour’s wafer-thin win gives its leader a bit more time to prove he can turn things around. It’s an opportunity he can’t afford to squander

Andrew Rawnsley

04, Jul, 2021 @7:30 AM

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The Observer view on the Batley and Spen byelection campaign and result | Observer editorial
Kim Leadbeater and decency triumphed, but lessons must be learned from an ugly campaign

Observer editorial

04, Jul, 2021 @5:30 AM

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The ugly side of Batley’s byelection shows the perils of rainbow coalitions | Nick Cohen
Labour can’t allow itself to be swayed by interest groups that run against its values

Nick Cohen

03, Jul, 2021 @6:00 PM

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Byelections and Labour: what can Keir Starmer learn from results?
Four byelections and one win suggest Labour should pick local candidate, court centre-left vote and address Brexit

Aubrey Allegretti

03, Jul, 2021 @11:05 AM

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George Galloway didn’t have a monopoly on the dirty tricks in Batley and Spen | Shami Chakrabarti
His campaign was disgraceful, but Labour should be ashamed of its leaflet featuring Boris Johnson and Narendra Modi, says the former shadow attorney general Shami Chakrabarti

Shami Chakrabarti

03, Jul, 2021 @9:00 AM

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The Guardian view on Labour’s byelection win: a leader’s brief reprieve | Editorial
Editorial: Kim Leadbeater has defeated the politics of division and resentment. Her party needs to work out its winning electoral coalition

Editorial

02, Jul, 2021 @5:53 PM

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‘Labour’s coming home’: Keir Starmer slogan harks back to happier times
The phrase was first used by Tony Blair just before his 1997 landslide – so it’s no wonder the incumbent has revived it

Peter Walker Political correspondent

02, Jul, 2021 @5:06 PM

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