Confirmation that there will be a Parliamentary by-election in Brecon and Radnorshire following the successful recall petition against Chris Davies MP has been quickly followed by candidate speculation.
First we have Anna Soubry of Change UK / The Independent Group for Change writing to the Liberal Democrats, Plaid and the Greens calling for joint support of an independent candidate:
Not so long ago, this could have been a significant political development. These days, rather less so, even if it hadn’t come only a few days after the Liberal Democrats gaining council seats in her patch.
It’s not even an approach that has won favour from all the former Independent Group MPs:
Second, we have Plaid – who scored only 3% in the constituency in 2017 but are rather more significant a party – also touting for possible deals:
A source within Plaid Cymru said while the party could field its own candidate for the by-election, it is “open” to pacts, agreements, and even a joint candidate for the upcoming by-election – adding the Lib Dems would be “the likely choice” to work with.
Following Mr Davies’s ousting as MP on Friday, Plaid Cymru said in a statement it would “explore options for how we can work together” with other parties to help deliver a fresh EU referendum. [Largs & Millport Weekly News]
Third, there’s news of the Conservatives reaching for the self-destruct button by having Chris Davies be their candidate once again:
Likely to further damage the Conservative Party’s chances of holding the seat is the news from the Brexit Party:
All this is definitely rather good news from the Liberal Democrat in place in the seat, Jane Dodds.