The Green Party has announced that it has come to an arrangement with the Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru to maximise the pro-EU vote at the coming general election.
Announced at 10am today (7 November) in London, the arrangement – organised under the group ‘Unite to Remain’ – will see candidates stand down to give a free run to one pro-Remain candidate in each constituency, covering 49 seats in England and 11 seats in Wales.
The arrangement is not an official electoral alliance and arrangements in constituencies have been reached after discussion with local parties.
Liberal Democrat or Plaid Cymru candidates will stand aside to give the Greens a free run in 10 seats across England and Wales, including the key target seats of Bristol West, where the Lib Dems are standing down for Carla Denyer, and the Isle of Wight, where Vix Lowthion will be standing as the constituency’s pro-Remain candidate.
The Lib Dems will also be stepping aside for the Greens in Brighton Pavilion, Bury St Edmunds, Stroud, Dulwich and West Norwood, Forest of Dean, Cannock Chase and Exeter. In Wales, the Greens will be flying the flag for Remain in the Vale of Glamorgan.
Despite the Greens standing down in 31 seats in 2017 to give Labour a free run, that was not reciprocated and Labour will not be standing aside in any seats at this election.
Green Party Co-leader Jonathan Bartley will be contesting Labour’s seat in Dulwich and West Norwood, which voted to remain by 78 per cent in the 2016 referendum. Commenting on the arrangement, Bartley said: “This is about recognising how damaging Brexit would be – for people and for the environment – and ensuring there is as much representation of Remain parties in the next Parliament as possible.
“Our country is at a crossroads and this election must be the point at which we start to move in a better direction. Everyone knows the Greens are the least tribal of any party and we are always willing to work with others for what’s in the best interests of the country.”
Co-leader Sian Berry added: “The crash-out Brexit the Tories are pushing for would be a disaster for people up and down England and Wales – and for action on climate chaos.
“Yes, as political parties we have differences, but what we’ve agreed is that on the climate, on stopping Brexit, saving local services and fixing the voting system, we must work together now so we can work together in the new Parliament to make these things happen.”
You can find out more information on the Unite to Remain website.