Kim Leadbeater speaks after winning in Batley and Spen
Kim Leadbeater, Labour’s newly elected MP for Batley and Spen, speaking at the count, said:
“Ok, I am not going to speak for too long because I think we are all pretty tired, I know I am. It’s been a gruelling few weeks but I want to say a few thank yous.
“I want to say a massive thank you to Jacqui Gedman, the returning officer and her team, for organising this evening, and all the staff who have been involved in doing the count tonight.
“I want to say a huge thank you to the police who, sadly, I have needed more than ever over the last few weeks.
“And I want to say a huge thank you to the whole Labour Party team for the hours, and the time, and the commitment that they have put into supporting me and helping me to get to this fantastic result this evening. Well done for keeping up, everybody.
“There’s way too many people to mention by name, but I do want to refer to my family and my friends, who, without them, I could not have got through the last five years, never mind the last five weeks. My amazing parents and my wonderful partner, and I want to give a special shout out to my niece and nephew who I cannot wait to hug as soon as I see them.
“The focus now is catching up on a bit of sleep, maybe having a few glasses of fizz, and then there is lots to do, and I think the campaign has highlighted that there’s lots to do.
“But I’m going to crack on with it and I will do my very best to represent the whole of Batley and Spen as their new MP. I am absolutely delighted that the people of Batley and Spen have rejected division and they voted for hope.
“Thank you very much, everybody, thank you. “