In pictures: Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer visits Batley

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said “the circus” had come to town for the next few weeks as he visited Batley ahead of next month's by-election.

Thursday, 10th June 2021, 4:55 pm
Updated Thursday, 10th June 2021, 4:56 pm
Labour party leader Sir Keir Starmer and Batley and Spen by-election candidate Kim Leadbeater tour Batley Bulldogs' stadium with club chairman Kevin Nicholas. Photo: Getty Images

Sir Keir was in the constituency today (Thursday) to join Labour candidate Kim Leadbeater on the campaign trail ahead of the upcoming poll on July 1.

They were given a tour of the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium, home of Batley Bulldogs RLFC, by club chairman Kevin Nicholas.

Sir Keir said: “This by-election is not about me, it’s about the people of Batley and Spen and whether they get a fantastic MP who is going to stick up for them whenever they need a champion."

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and the party's candidate Kim Leadbeater take a seat during the visit to Batley Bulldogs' stadium. Getty Images

During the visit he also said he does not want to see any more local lockdowns in places like Kirklees.

Sir Keir Starmer and Kim Leadbeater with Batley Bulldogs' chairman Kevin Nicholas. Photo: Getty Images
Sir Keir and Ms Leadbeater with club chairman Kevin Nicholas while the assembled media look on during their visit to Batley. Photo: Getty Images
Sir Keir Starmer speaks to the media
Kim Leadbeater speaks to the media during her tour of Batley Bulldogs' stadium
Sir Keir and Ms Leadbeater enjoy a laugh. Photo: Getty Images
Sir Keir Starmer and Batley and Spen by-election candidate Kim Leadbeater tour Batley Bulldogs' stadium with club chairman Kevin Nicholas. Photo: Getty Images
Sir Keir Starmer and Kim Leadbeater arriving at Batley Bulldogs' stadium with club chairman Kevin Nicholas. Photo: Getty Images
Labour party leader Sir Keir Starmer is presented with a club shirt by chairman Kevin Nicholas. Photo: Getty Images
Numerous local and national media outlets attended to speak to the Labour leader during his visit to Batley