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Talks of pacts and deals in the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election

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:
Anna Soubry letter about the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election
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.

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