Monday, 27 January, 2020


Smaller pro-EU parties unveil pact

Houses of Parliament Smaller pro-EU parties unveil pact
Bennie Garza | 09 November, 2019, 13:27

The Conservatives are now on course to win the election, with a YouGov poll conducted earlier this week placing the Conservatives on 38%, Labour on 25%, the Liberal Democrats on 16%, and the Brexit Party on 11%.

And Adam Price, the leader of Plaid Cymru, said the strategy was "grown-up politics". The Greens will have a clear run at 9 seats, including Brighton Pavilion and the Isle of Wight.

"This coming election will decide the fate of our country for generations to come and that's why the Liberal Democrats have worked with the Green Party and Plaid Cymru to put the national interest first".

It is understood an announcement on the deal impacting on more of a quarter of the seats in Wales will be announced in central London today.

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

In Wales, the Lib Dems and the Greens will not stand in three of the four seats being defended by Plaid Cymru, however, the Plaid-held Ceredigion seat will be contested by the Lib Dems.

The deal, brokered by the Unite To Remain group, follows an agreement earlier this year in the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election, where the Lib Dems took the seat from the Conservatives after the other two parties stood aside.

Plaid Cymru, Liberal Democrats and the Greens have agreed a pro-EU electoral pact in 11 of the 40 seats in Wales.

In return, the Greens will be given a free run in at least one seat. It is significant because it could prove to be a decisive factor in marginal seats where Remain voters could split their vote between different candidates, and because previous cross-party attempts to co-ordinate Remain pacts have failed.

Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson said: 'We are delighted that an agreement has been reached.

Ms Heidi Allen, a former Conservative lawmaker who joined the Liberal Democrats, said the cross-party alliance was the first in a British national election in more than a century. "This is our opportunity to tip the balance of power away from the two largest parties and into the progressive remain alliance".

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

Last time round the Lib Dems were third but they expect to overtake Labour in a constituency which is largely pro-Remain.

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