Matt Hancock had to go. But the vitriolic byelection in Batley and Spen shows the dangers of vilifying MPs
A senior politician plunges Icarus-like out of the sky – a reminder that few careers carry such high risk. Why would anyone do it?
On the first rung of that political ladder, Labour candidate Kim Leadbeater faces the electors of Batley and Spen on Thursday. No one knows the hazards better than she does, standing for the West Yorkshire seat where her sister Jo Cox was brutally murdered. This campaign has turned unexpectedly vicious and abusive. And on top of that we’ve seen the explosive entry of George Galloway, now leading his renamed Workers Party of Britain, divisively targeting the “Muslim” vote.