“It has been made clear to both of us that many people in Batley and Spen are fed up with the Labour Party.
“The Labour Party have lost their way. We cannot in good conscience stand and risk splitting the vote and condemning Batley and Spen to any more years of Labour control.
“The Labour Party is one of the most divisive and intolerant political parties in the UK.”
The vote in the West Yorkshire constituency will be held on July 1.
The previous MP, Labour’s Tracy Brabin, had to stand down when she was elected as West Yorkshire’s mayor, thus a by-election was triggered.
More to follow….