🚨 EmergencyCast: Truly, Batley, Deeply 🚨

Labour wins something shocker! As Kim Leadbeater’s victory in the most rancid by-election of modern times ignites a festival of pundit hindsight, we bring the panel together to assess Labour’s tight squeeze in Batley and Spen. How did she do it? What does it mean for Starmer? Did Galloway’s 8,000 votes constitute some sort of success? Can the Tories really blame their defeat all on Hancock? And was it Naomi Smith’s leafletting wot won it? 

  • “Kim Leadbeater ploughed her own furrow and was rewarded for it – and that’s really positive.” – Alex Andreou
  • “Had we not seen the withdrawal of the Green candidate and we would have woken up to a very different result.” – Naomi Smith
  • “The Tories threw everything at this by election and the fact that they didn’t win will hurt.” – Alex Andreou

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Presented by Dorian Lynskey with Naomi Smith and Alex Andreou. Produced by Andrew Harrison. Assistant producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Alex Rees. OH GOD, WHAT NOW? is a Podmasters production.


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