The list of seats where Greens, Plaid and Lib Dems are standing down for each other in order to maximise the number of Remain MPs under the Unite to Remain plan has now been published.
James Gurling, chair of the party’s Federal Communications and Elections Committee (FCEC) explains:
Unite to Remain is made up of the three parties committed unequivocally to the cause of Remain: The Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and the Greens. It’s really disappointing that Labour would not step up too, but they are simply not a Party of Remain.
We have collectively reached a set of agreements to further the Remain cause and are announcing the details today.
In short, 60 constituencies in England and Wales are involved. Plaid and/or Greens will stand down in our favour in 43 seats, and we will stand down for them in 17.
This a bold move by all concerned for the cause of Remain, and the choices involved have been hard ones.
No decisions have been taken lightly, and we owe a debt of gratitude to the candidates and local parties who have taken the principled and generous decisions to step aside at this election.
If you live in a seat where we have agreed to step aside, it is your choice whether you would prefer to help that Unite to Remain backed candidate, or to visit another nearby Liberal Democrat campaign.
If you are in a seat where Plaid Cymru or the Greens have stepped aside for us, please do thank them, in public and private and welcome any of their volunteers who want to help your campaign. This worked very well in the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election.
Welcoming the announcement Leader of the Liberal Democrats Jo Swinson said:
I am delighted that this arrangement will help elect more pro-remain MPs in the next Parliament.
In the 43 seats agreed today, as well as hundreds more across the country, it is clear that the Liberal Democrats are the strongest party of Remain.
A vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote to stop Brexit, so that we can invest the £50bn Remain bonuses in our public services and build a brighter future.
Tom Deakin, one of those standing down (in Exeter), explained:
When asked whether I would be willing to stand aside, for this time only, to increase the chance of remain-supporting candidates in Devon and beyond defeating Brexit supporting candidates, there was no doubt in my mind that this is the right thing to do.
We have put the country before party and before my personal ambition.
Our country is at a crossroads, not only with regards to Brexit but with what kind of country we want to be. With the extremes of left and right moving into the mainstream, it is vital that those with moderate, liberal values unite to put the country first and that is what I have done.
Although the Liberal Democrats won’t be on the ballot paper at the next General Election in Exeter, we will not stop our campaigning to ensure the voices of the people of Exeter are heard loudly and clearly. We will be campaigning across the city to deliver a more balanced City Council next May.
Seats where Lib Dems, Greens standing aside for Plaid Cymru
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr (Held)
Dwyfor Meirionnydd (Held)
Seat where Lib Dems, Plaid Cymru standing aside for Greens
Vale of Glamorgan
Seats where Lib Dems standing aside for Greens
Brighton Pavilion (Held)
Bury St Edmunds
Dulwich & West Norwood
Forest of Dean
Isle of Wight
Seats where Greens, Plaid Cymru standing aside for Lib Dems
Brecon & Radnorshire (Held)
Seats where Greens standing aside for Lib Dems
North Norfolk (Held)
Oxford West & Abingdon (Held)
South Cambridgeshire (Held)
Westmorland & Lonsdale (Held)
Bermondsey & Old Southwark
Chelsea & Fulham
Esher & Walton
Finchley & Golders Green
Hitchin & Harpenden
Penistone & Stocksbridge
Romsey & Southampton North
South East Cambridgeshire
South West Surrey
Thornbury & Yate
In addition, the Liberal Democrats are standing aside in three other seats for independents: Beaconsfield, Broxtowe and Luton South.
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