Batley & Spen by-election 1st July 2021

This is likely to be an interesting one for a variety of reasons.

The by-election has been caused by the present incumbent MP for Labour, Tracy Brabin becoming the Mayor of West Yorks.

She was elected in 2019 with a majority of 3525, massively down from 8,961 when she won in 2017.

Some pundits think that it will go Tory, but George Galloway has announced he's standing under the Workers Party of Britain.

Galloway will be making much of his support for Palestine which he hopes will sway the 25% of the population of the area who are from India & Pakistan.

Gorgeous George will know that, as in many areas with significant Asian populations postal voting will be a major factor. Postal votes are usually men deciding how the other adult members of their family should vote, so expect him to spend a lot of time visiting the local mosques and other men only spaces.

Whatever happens it's likely to be seen as a test of Labour Leader Keir Starmer's leadership, after the beating the party took in Hartlepool.

Batley is also the place where the teacher who displayed an image of the prophet Muhammad taught. None of the parties seem to have shown any interest addressing the issues that controversy has raised.

If that wasn't exciting enough Tommy Robinson and Anne Marie Waters of the For Britain party are popping up there on the 26th June for a walkabout which will no doubt add to the party atmosphere.






 

OneTenner

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All that will happen is than both significant parties will field racially acceptable candidates, the rest will be down to family ties.
Galloway will lose his deposit.
 
All that will happen is than both significant parties will field racially acceptable candidates, the rest will be down to family ties.
Galloway will lose his deposit.

I most certainly hope he does...
 

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MoleBath

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The Tommy Robinson visit may be a tad lively:

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I thought George Galloway had been banned from being an MP.
 
I thought George Galloway had been banned from being an MP.

I can't find any reference to him being forbidden to be an MP. He was, however expelled from the Labour Party in 2003 after inciting British troops in Iraq to revolt against their leaders....

 

Mr_Baiter

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I wonder how Labour choosing the sister of the murdered MP, a very recent joiner of the party, selected from a shortlist of one I believe, is going to play out.

Will the voters see it as a cynical ploy or a genuine attempt to connect with locals?

My guess is the former - I think they might be in for a drubbing
 

Awol

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Didn't he also say that Iraqis had a duty to kill as many British soldiers as possible, or similar?
I’d be shocked if he didn’t. What value do your patriotic countymens’ lives have when you are trawling for cheap and cynical votes from foreigners who are committed to the overthrow of the greatest country on earth?

Give half a dozen Arssers an SLR each, an address and perhaps some mobility scooters and Georgie Porgie will be toast within less than a week.
 
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Tyk

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What part of India/Pakistan is Palestine in? I don't get that association.

A good question, but it didn't stop several days of the local Pakistani car driving kids round here hooning round with Palestinian flags waving out of their windows blasting car horns in long processions of 30+ cars.

Some of them seem to feel it's an excuse to be more anti social than usual and get away without problems.
 
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A good question, but it didn't stop several days of the local Pakistani car driving kids round here hooning round with Palestinian flags waving out of their windows blasting car horns in long processions of 30+ cars.

Some of them seem to feel it's an excuse to be more anti social than usual and get away without problems.
Exactly, I’d wager the majority of those involved couldn’t point to Palestine on a map. Just an excuse to rebel about *something*. Had Gaza not kicked off again, they’d have still been cruising around popping their exhausts and blaring music.
 
This is likely to be an interesting one for a variety of reasons.

The by-election has been caused by the present incumbent MP for Labour, Tracy Brabin becoming the Mayor of West Yorks.

She was elected in 2019 with a majority of 3525, massively down from 8,961 when she won in 2017.

Some pundits think that it will go Tory, but George Galloway has announced he's standing under the Workers Party of Britain.

Galloway will be making much of his support for Palestine which he hopes will sway the 25% of the population of the area who are from India & Pakistan.

Gorgeous George will know that, as in many areas with significant Asian populations postal voting will be a major factor. Postal votes are usually men deciding how the other adult members of their family should vote, so expect him to spend a lot of time visiting the local mosques and other men only spaces.

Whatever happens it's likely to be seen as a test of Labour Leader Keir Starmer's leadership, after the beating the party took in Hartlepool.

Batley is also the place where the teacher who displayed an image of the prophet Muhammad taught. None of the parties seem to have shown any interest addressing the issues that controversy has raised.

If that wasn't exciting enough Tommy Robinson and Anne Marie Waters of the For Britain party are popping up there on the 26th June for a walkabout which will no doubt add to the party atmosphere.






Its Starmers to lose and I think Galloway is clever to stand as an outsider to aid his socialist brothers in the party who want starmer to do the honorable thing and fall on his sword/mess Webley on standby.

If Starmer loses Batley and tries to cling on, the opposition just gets weaker and it wouldn't surprise me at all that the media ratchets up its "are you going to resign ....." machine, that so signally failed to unseat Hancock, Johnson and Cummings last year, but the right are these days immune to the media and the labour faithful will find it harder to ignore the Beeb.
 
What part of India/Pakistan is Palestine in? I don't get that association.

Probably referring to the Arab Umma supporting Palestine with guns and money
 
I wonder how Labour choosing the sister of the murdered MP, a very recent joiner of the party, selected from a shortlist of one I believe, is going to play out.

Will the voters see it as a cynical ploy or a genuine attempt to connect with locals?

My guess is the former - I think they might be in for a drubbing
There was a Tweet wafting about a while back with Dawn Butler (she of the racist police harassing her driving her car from the passenger seat) extolling the virtues of the sistahood In the form of whatshername’s er, sister standing. She was planning a visit to show “solidarity”.

Like most of her Tweets it quickly descended into her being called out on it by the overwhelming majority. Most asked tge question about the elasticity of Labour Party rules that required a year’s membership before standing and all “suggested” she stay away as her presence was the last thing they needed in an already difficult battle.
 

Mr_Baiter

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There was a Tweet wafting about a while back with Dawn Butler (she of the racist police harassing her driving her car from the passenger seat) extolling the virtues of the sistahood In the form of whatshername’s er, sister standing. She was planning a visit to show “solidarity”.

Like most of her Tweets it quickly descended into her being called out on it by the overwhelming majority. Most asked tge question about the elasticity of Labour Party rules that required a year’s membership before standing and all “suggested” she stay away as her presence was the last thing they needed in an already difficult battle.
Found it - thanks for the pointer


The replies are great - particularly like the Horatio Kurt response to Raymondo - someone who is presumably in favour of inclusiveness and not stigmatising disability:

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Also rather liked the simple cut and paste of the Labour Party selection criteria; brief, incisive and to the point:

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