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New by-election woe for Keir Starmer as Tracy Brabin wins race to be West Yorkshire mayor

Keir Starmer faces the potential of more by-election woe after one of his MPs secured a mayoral seat.

Labour MP Tracy Brabin has tonight been elected as the first West Yorkshire mayor.

But it means Ms Brabin, a former Coronation Street star, will now have to step down from her Westminster seat of Batley and Spen.

This will spark a fresh by-election in the constituency. It comes just days after Labour's humiliating by-election defeat in Hartlepool.

Keir Starmer faces the potential of more by-election woe after one of his MPs secured a mayoral seat

The constituency, part of Labour's 'Red Wall', turned blue in Thursday's by-election as it was won by the Conservatives for the first time in the seat's 47-year history. 

Labour had a nearly 4,000 majority in Hartlepool from the 2019 election.

The party holds in a 3,500 majority in Ms Brabin's seat of Bartley and Spen. 

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