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  Chance of holding Batley and Spen as low as 5%, say key Labour figures
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DescriptionSenior Labour figures believe the party has only a 5% to 10% chance of holding the West Yorkshire seat of Batley and Spen in Thursday’s byelection, as Keir Starmer’s team brace themselves for a backbench revolt if the Tories take the seat.

The constituency formerly held by the murdered MP Jo Cox is being contested for Labour by her sister, Kim Leadbeater, in a contest marred by allegations of dirty tricks and intimidation.

Leadbeater, who lives locally, has been chased and heckled on the campaign trail. The Jo Cox Foundation issued a statement on Tuesday expressing concern about the impact of intimidation on public figures.
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