1. Martin Yuille

    I’m all for a single candidate on a pro-EU policy plank.

    But getting agreement on this between Labour LibDems and Greens takes time: there are residues of tribalism and sectarianism that persist despite these critical times.

    So it is up to the constituency parties to have detailed discussions over an extended period of time to specify an agreed common platform that includes the pro-EU plank.

    • Rob Davidson

      Yes, both Andree and Christian pointed to logistical issues (getting together, talking it over) as well as philosophical issues (coming to agreement on what is given in return, how do you choose who to support etc) with this.

      The Greens by-passed this by simply stepping down. Labour clearly don’t feel they should, presumably because they’re the biggest opposition party.

      What we need is for Tim Farron, Jeremy Corbyn and Caroline Lucas (or whoever has the bargaining authority) to be discussing this NOW, so they are prepped with a toolkit of semi-agreed options for quick deployment in any future by-elections or a snap general election.

    • No one person in either Labour or Lib Dems can currently decide whether a candidate should stand in a by-election. Party Rules obligate the Local Party to fight every election. The experience of the Liberal / SDP Alliance was painful for both parties.
      So it will need time to work out a joint anti-BREXIT strategy. For the medium term, all Opposition Parties (including UKIP!) need to agree to reform the voting system.

  2. Peter

    The Labour candidate may be pro EU but the leadership are clearly not. There is only one clear non-brexit candidate and party. That’s Sarah Olney of the Lib Dems.

  3. Doug

    The Tories have now adopted UKIP policies and are in alliance in this election..they are both supporting Goldsmith.
    Labour are all over the place ,so if you don’t want UKIP policies you only have one choice -vote Lib Dem.

  4. Jason

    Peter, what the LibDems say and what their pamphlets say are different.
    All their reading says “common market”.
    I’ve not seen any that says “Stay in the EU”/”stay a member of the EU”.
    Their paperwork reads like soft Brexit.

    • Rob Davidson

      From the various interviews, it seems like their stance is ‘block article 50’ IF we don’t get agreement on a second vote and other safeguards. That sort of leaves it open for possible soft brexit if the deal was good enough, but also empowers a blocked brexit if the deal isn’t good enough. On the other hand, Labour have said they have ‘redlines’ but won’t vote against anything – so ‘grey areas’ is more accurate.
      I think that demanding transparency and future democracy via votes on the deal etc is the far more sensible approach.
      On the other hand, having preferences but not being willing to act on them is a waste of time and a travesty of parliamentary democracy.

  5. Alec Lever

    How can there be an election to Parliament run under the Representation of the People Act where the people as wage earners and taxpayers are not represented by the alternative Party of Government? The other candidates represent the causes of people’s problems. When they say were good for jobs they mean they’re good for high paying jobs that require the hours of two jobs or low paid jobs that need you to get a second job to make ends meet.
    Were no Labour Party candidate to stand, the election would be a throwback to Victorian times when only the Liberal Business owners with their piece work sweat shops and Tory Landowners with their hell hole coal mines swapped power between them. Just like in Richmond Park.

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