Former Coronation Street actress Tracy Brabin has won a by-election in Batley and Spen, replacing MP Jo Cox, who was killed in June.
Brabin – who played Tricia Armstrong on the ITV soap between 1994 and 1997 – held the seat for Labour after receiving 17,506 votes (85.84 per cent of the overall vote) after the Conservatives, Liberal Democrats and UKIP opted not to field candidates.
In her acceptance speech, Brabin – a friend of the late Mrs Cox – commented that her victory was “bittersweet”, before adding:
“This has been a difficult experience for all of us. That this by-election has had to take place at all is a tragedy.”
Heckling could heard from other candidates as Brabin continued: “Whether you voted for me, voted for other candidates or didn’t vote at all, I give you my word, I will be equally strong for each and every one of you.”
Tracy Brabin – above with Johnny Briggs on Coronation Street and campaigning in Batley and Spen below
Jo Cox’s widow Brendan congratulated Brabin on Twitter and criticised independent candidates in the by-election, noting that it was “great to see all purveyors of hate lose their deposits.
A 52-year-old man has been charged with Jo Cox’s murder and is to stand trial under the Terrorism Act.
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