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The Guardian view on Labour’s byelection win: a leader’s brief reprieve | Editorial

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Kim Leadbeater has defeated the politics of division and resentment. Her party needs to work out its winning electoral coalition

Britain feels better for putting an ugly byelection contest behind it. The very worst of politics was on display in West Yorkshire, with homophobia and intimidation taking root in the campaign to be the next MP for Batley and Spen. The harassment endured by Labour’s candidate, Kim Leadbeater, disgusted all those tired of the hate that has envenomed political debate. But the right result was obtained: her narrow victory over the Conservatives.

Ms Leadbeater is the sister of Jo Cox, who was the constituency’s MP until she was murdered in 2016 by a white-supremacist terrorist in the run up to the Brexit referendum. Labour’s candidate had the energy, charisma and mental toughness to withstand the divisive politics of George Galloway, who seemed bent on stirring up resentments in the Muslim community in a seat where a classroom row about the depiction of the prophet Muhammad remains unresolved. Satisfyingly, he failed. By contrast, Ms Leadbeater wanted to bridge divides rather than widen them.

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