General Election 2019: Greens step aside for Lib Dems in Cambs seats

Clay Curtis
November 9, 2019

The three parties have signed off on the tie-up, which covers 49 seats in England and 11 in Wales, after months of talks aimed at thrashing out an anti-Brexit pact.

Plaid Cymru won 2,295 and the Liberal Democrats 1,020.

In the Isle of Wight and Brighton Pavilion, the Greens will be given a free run, while in the constituencies of Richmond Park and Cheltenham, the Lib Dems will be unopposed by other Remain-backing parties.

The deal brokered by the Unite To Remain group and announced on Thursday morning, follows a similar agreement earlier this year in the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election.

"With a single Remain candidate in each of these seats, we can deliver a greater number of MPs into Parliament".

Lib Dems will stand aside, so that there is a clear pro-Remain candidate, in 13 constituencies; in turn, in 43 constituencies other parties will stand aside for a Lib Dem candidate.

'This arrangement will help elect more pro-Remain MPs in the next parliament, ' said Jo Swinson, leader of the Lib Dems, who have pledged to reverse Brexit.

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The pact will exclude two of the parties from fielding a candidate in affected constituencies, to boost the prospects of the third candidate winning.

Heidi Allen, a former Conservative lawmaker who joined the Liberal Democrats and is standing down at December's election, said the alliance was needed because the election is one of the most important in Britain's recent history.

Plaid Cymru and the Green Party agreed not to stand in order to hand an advantage to Lib Dem candidate Jane Dodds, who saw off the sitting Conservative MP for the region, Chris Davies.

'This is our opportunity to tip the balance of power away from the two largest parties and into a progressive Remain Alliance.

Labour is offering a further referendum on remaining in the European Union should it win the election and has dismissed the pact as the Lib Dems and Plaid "propping each other up" in seats they fear they could lose.

Greens stand aside in SE Cambs and South Cambridgeshire for Lib Dems as part of "Unite to Remain" alliance.

Whereas the Liberal Democrats have said they will cancel Brexit, Labour's Jeremy Corbyn is adamant he wants to respect the result of the referendum but simply wants to renegotiate the deal to improve workers' rights and environmental protection.

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