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Date announced for Batley and Spen by-election

Writ to Parliament to confirm day voters go to the polls

Kirklees Council local election count at Cathedral House, Huddersfield.

The Batley and Spen by-election will be held on Thursday October 20, it has been announced.

Voters will go to the polls to find a successor to the late Labour MP Jo Cox who died after being attacked in Birstall in June.

By-elections have to be called within three months of the death of a sitting MP.

A writ will be moved in Parliament to confirm the date.

The Labour party in Batley and Spen has launched a search for its candidate with the deadline for nominations set for noon on Friday.

Tracy Brabin(Image: Twitter)

A list of candidates will be drawn up before interviews take place on Monday night.

A final shortlist will be drawn up and a candidate chosen at a hustings event in the constituency a week on Friday.

Batley and Spen by-election: Labour members can now put themselves forward for selection

One of the favourites is believed to be former Coronation Street and EastEnders actress Tracy Brabin, a friend of Ms Cox.

Both were students at Heckmondwike Grammar School.

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