Laurence Fox, leader of Reclaim, said he and independent Paul Halloran have decided to not stand in the upcoming by-election. In a lengthy statement, the actor-turned-politician attacked the opposition party, saying under Sir Keir Starmer the group had “lost their way”. He claimed locals had expressed to him how they are tired of having a Labour MP and are seeking a change.
Mr Fox said: “Paul and I have decided that we will not stand in the by election.
“It has been made clear to both of us that many people in Batley and Spen are fed up with the Labour Party.
“The Labour Party have lost their way. We cannot in good conscience stand and risk splitting the vote and condemning Batley and Spen to any more years of Labour control.
“The Labour Party is one of the most divisive and intolerant political parties in the UK.”
The vote in the West Yorkshire constituency will be held on July 1.
The previous MP, Labour’s Tracy Brabin, had to stand down when she was elected as West Yorkshire’s mayor, thus a by-election was triggered.
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