Kim Leadbeater delivers maiden speech in Jo Cox debate

Batley & Spen MP, Kim Leadbeater, delivered her maiden speech in the House of Commons today during a debate on the legacy of her sister Jo Cox.

Cox was murdered in 2016 by a far right extremist. Leadbeater stood for her seat at a recent by-election, replacing Tracey Brabin.

In a moving speech, Leadbeater said: “I mean no disrespect to this place when I say that I would give literally anything not to be standing here today in her place.”

She also vowed to continue her sister’s legacy, saying: “If I can be half the MP my sister was, then it will be a huge privilege to get on with the job of representing the wonderful people of Batley & Spen.”