24 Oct 2016
Alumna Tracy Brabin elected as Labour MP for Batley and Spen
Tracy Brabin, a former Loughborough University Drama student, was elected to succeed Jo Cox as Labour MP for Batley and Spen early on Friday morning (21 October).
The byelection was necessary after Jo Cox was tragically shot whilst in her constituency in June.
Brabin was elected with 85% of the vote.
The Conservatives, Liberal Democrats, Greens and UK Independence Party (UKIP) did not contest the seat out of respect to Mrs Cox, but there was challenge from far-right groups such as the British National Party and the National Front.
After her victory was confirmed Brabin paid tribute to the mainstream parties who chose not to run due to “the deeply sad nature of this byelection”. She described the byelection as a “bittersweet occasion.”
Brabin received praise from Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Labour MP Angela Rayner on Twitter, as she went on to describe her win as a victory for “hope and unity”.
You can read more about Tracey Brabin, her time at Loughborough and her career by reading her profile.
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