Party needs record swing from Tories to overturn 20,000 majority in seat left vacant by Johnson ally Nigel Adams

A series of senior shadow cabinet ministers are being dispatched to Selby from this weekend as Labour makes a last-ditch push to secure what would be a historic byelection win for the party.

Wes Streeting, Yvette Cooper and Lisa Nandy, among Labour’s most recognisable names, are all scheduled to visit the North Yorkshire seat in the next 48 hours as the party seeks an unlikely win. Securing the seat after Thursday’s vote would set a new record for Labour overturning a Tory majority, which stood at more than 20,000 at the last general election.

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